A former Media Officer in the then Nigeria Football Association and veteran sports journalist, Raji Mohammed has warned against planss by the technical adviser of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr to feature Samuel Kalu in today’s AFCON clash with Guinea.
Few days ago, the Bordeaux of France player reportedly slumped during training but was promptly resuscitated by the team’s medics.
Consequently, he missed the Super Eagles opening match against Burundi last Saturday.
However, the NFF announced on Monday that Kalu has been given the all-clear to return to training with following a dehydration problem.
Therefore, barring any further set back, the attacking winger may file out for Nigeria against Guinea today.
However, Mohammed said it will be suicidal for Rohr and the NFF to allow the youngster to play immediately after recovering from what was suspected to be a heart attack.
He recalled how former BCC Lions and Julius Berger striker, Amir Angwe died in similar circumstances.
“I have witnessed two incidences of this nature. One of them involved an ex BCC Lions and Super Eagles breezy striker, Amir Angwe.
“He had collapsed a week earlier and his German doctors at Julius Berger said it was a mere exhaustion and cleared him fit to play the following weekend against Maxaquen of DR Congo in an Africa Winners Cup clash at the Onikan stadium.
“He collapsed again during the match even when he was brought in as a substitute and passed on before they could get him to Lagos Island hospital. I was there and ever since, I never supported any of such risk.
“God forbid any mishap. He should get back to Europe and do thorough and extensive tests then leave the rest to God. After all, football is his profession and he is still very young,” he advised.
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