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Super Eagles’ player, Samuel Kalu who collapsed during training session and had to be rushed for intensive care has fully recovered.

There were speculations that the Bordeaux player might have some heart-related problems, but officials said it was dehydration that led to the collapse of the player.

But the coach has certified him okay, saying that most of his players took ill following their training under the rain in Asaba before experiencing extreme heat in the weather condition in Egypt.

 “Kalu had a problem on Friday when he fell as we were doing some drills on corner kicks. He was rushed to hospital and fortunately, the doctors said it was a problem of dehydration, not a heart problem. He didn’t drink enough,” Rohr noted.

“But he is okay now, he is in high spirits. We will wait for more green-light from the medical team before we can decide whether he can play. He is okay. The rest is up to the medics,” further stated the German coach.


Kalu indeed affirmed that he was okay, as he was leaving, the team’s dressing room after the game with Burundi.

When asked whether everything was fine, he said it was okay.

Rohr said his team has been hit with sickness with defender Shehu Abdullahi coming off after just 39 minutes in the game against Burundi on Saturday.

“We had some sick players coming in here because of the weather when we were training in Asaba. But I believe they will be okay and we can have a fully fit team,” stated the tactician.

Nigeria play their next game against Guinea on Wednesday in what is expected to be a tough duel.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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