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After serving match ban, Ola Aina still out of Super Eagles



Defender, Ola Aina is not among players called up by Nigeria for the Match Day 5 Africa Cup of Nations.

He was dropped from the last two matches having been cautioned in the opening two games with Sierra Leone in Abuja and Sao Tome & Principe in Morocco.

That caution came in the 86th minute as Nigeria precariously held their slim 2-1 lead over Sierra Leone in Abuja.

Incidentally, it is the reverse leg against Sierra Leone that Uzoho will miss. This is in accordance to Article 42.1 of the Regulations of the Africa Cup of Nations, “a player who receives two cautions shall be automatically suspended from playing the following match.

Also on ‘danger’ list are Calvin Bassey, Kenneth Omeruo and Oghenekaro Etebo who are all on one yellow cards each. Calvin Bassey and Oghenekaro Etebo were cautioned in Nigeria’s opening match with Sierra Leone while Omeruo got his yellow card in the 36th minute of the match in Guinea Bissau.


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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