Samuel Kalu will play for the Super Eagles at the AFCON after an initial scare made it seem like he would be ruled out of making an appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Bordeaux man, Kalu collapsed in training on Friday and the initial reaction was that he could have had a heart attack.
On Friday night, Nigeria Football Federation Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire said on a WhatsApp group, “I have been told Samuel Kalu has been stabilized. He was taken to hospital for tests and he is certified okay,” Olajire said.
“He was dehydrated. They told him he needs to be taking enough fluids,” Olajire added.
This would be relieving to Nigerians, but would he be able to continue the rest of the tournament?
Olajire told NigerianFootballer.com on Saturday morning that the coaches will determine if Kalu will play the rest of the tournament or not.
“I am told he is fit to play. It all depends on if the coaches will pick him.”
But a member of the team who should know told NigerianFootballer.com that Kalu will not be dressed for the game on Saturday against Burundi.
“Kalu is okay now and is with the team unless CAF says otherwise.
“He is not dressing for this game but we just finished lunch together now and I think he will play our next game if all goes well,” our source said.
NigerianFootballer.com gathered that the Confederation of African Football, CAF medical team actually has a decision to make on whether Kalu continues in the AFCON or not.
“No he did not go for a medical test with CAF, but they (CAF Medical) were to meet today (Saturday) to decide on his case based on the report from the hospital and let us not forget that they have the best Cardiological hospital here.”
Our source continued that there is a need to check his heart because he slumped, though all the results and reports show that he was dehydrated.
“The lack of oxygen in the blood slowed down the pump of the heart which was supposed to be every 3 seconds to about 3.6 seconds,” NigerianFootballer.com was told.