Iwobi Suffers Food Poisoning, Misses Training; Siasia Dismisses England Switch

By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:

Super Eagles new kid on the block, Alex Iwobi, missed the Nigeria national team's first and last training session in Abuja on Tuesday as a result of food poisoning he suffered on Monday night.

"Iwobi could not train today because of food poisoning," caretaker coach  Samson Siasia told Completesportsnigeria.com. "He had been purging all night after he ate dinner with his other colleagues in camp. He got prompt medical attention from our doctors and I have just been told that he is okay and ready to go

"The medical team just confirmed to me that he'll be okay to travel to Kaduna with us and join us in the training in the evening. There is no fear, what happened to him can happen to anybody whether home-based or foreign-based player or an official. No tension, he is okay."

On whether it is ploy not to play for the Super Eagles in a competitive match because he is wanted by the Three Lions of England, Siasia said the boy came to Nigeria to play for his country and that no amount of pressure will stop him from earning his third cap for Nigeria.

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"I don't know why there is this talk that England want to snatch him from us, they cannot because he has played twice for Nigeria and the only thing that may stop him from playing, is if he falls sick or he is not fit," the former Super eagles striker added.

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