Several Flying Eagles stars including star striker Taiwo Awoniyi are now on the treatment table after a bruising African Youth Championship Group A clash against Congo on Wednesday.
The tournament’s leading scorer with three goals Awoniyi is nursing a right knee complaint and has been excused from training, while Ifeanyi Ifeanyi suffered a head injury which needed three stitches.
Bernard Bulbwa is nursing a shoulder injury and Ifeanyi Matthew, who has scored twice at Senegal 2015, has a thigh problem.
“They could all be available for the match against Cote d’Ivoire on Saturday but we will take some precautions before then,” said Flying Eagles doctor Ozi Salami.
First-choice goalkeeper Joshua Enaholo will miss Saturday’s showdown against Cote d’Ivoire after he was sent off for a professional foul against Congo on Wednesday.
However, he is expected to return to action for the semifinal on Wednesday in Dakar.
F/Eagles spy on Ghana
After booking their place in the semifinal of the AYC, the Flying Eagles have swung into action ahead of next week’s clash for a place in the championship game as team officials were in Mbour yesterday to watch second round of matches in Group B.
Assistant coach Nduka Ugbade and Rafiu Yusuf from the NFF technical department were at the Caroline Faye Stadium in Mbour to watch South Africa battle Mali and Ghana take on Zambia.
Ghana Black Satellites, who the Flying Eagles beat and drew with in recent series of warm-up matches, lead Group B after they defeated South Africa 2-0 and Mali pipped Zambia 1-0.
Nigeria, already on six points after two rounds of matches, will finish top of Group A no matter the results of final group games on Saturday and so they will battle the runners-up in Group B for a place in the AYC final.