The build-up to Nigeria’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations clash against Guinea was loaded with drama.


Officials later said that the matter had been resolved. The money owed to players was for daily allowances and for their win against Burundi.

But there is some good news for the Super Eagles.

Samuel Kalu, who collapsed during training last week due to severe dehydration, is fully fit to play in Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations game against Guinea, coach Gernot Rohr confirmed.

“The very good news is that Kalu was in training and the coach confirmed he’s now 100% fit and he will be available for the game,” he said.

“He already started training with the team so we are happy about that because everybody was a little bit scared when this happened.”

The Bordeaux player was rushed to hospital Friday suffering from severe dehydration due to severe heat. Temperatures expected to hover between 35 and 38 Celsius (95-100.4 Fahrenheit) over the next month in Egypt.

He missed Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Burundi on Saturday in the opening match in Group B in Alexandria

Guinea, meanwhile, will be bolstered by the return of Naby Keita.

Hurt during the first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final showdown with Barcelona, Keita spent nearly two months out before making his comeback in the final 30 minutes of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with a plucky Madagascar.

“He gives a lot, he’s a leader in his own way. We need him. He helps us benefit from his experience in big matches. It’s a bonus to have him,” forward Sory Kaba, scorer of the first goal against Madagascar, told AFP.

Guinea drew 2-2 against Madagascar. While still favourites to advance from their group, not losing is as important as a win.


It’s a tight call. Nigeria’s probability of winning is bang on 50%. The draw is at 31% while Guinea have a mere 19% chance of winning.


The two sides have met 17 times. Nigeria have won five and Guinea have won five. The seven other matches ended in a draw. Their most recent meeting was in 2011. That ended in a 2-2 dra

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