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Sports News of Saturday, 25 December 2021


AFCON: Iheanacho, Ndidi to join Eagles Jan 3

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Super Eagles duo Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi will join the Eagles camp on January 3, Leicester City coach Brendan Rodgers has revealed.

Leicester City are expected to have their Africa Cup of Nations players available for three more games before the tournament kicks off next month it was learnt.

Daniel Amartey and Papy Mendy have been named in the Ghana and Senegal squads respectively.

Iheanacho, Ndidi, and maybe even Ademola Lookman are also poised to represent Nigeria at the 33rd edition of the tournament hosted by Cameroon.

The AFCON tournament is scheduled to start on January 9 to February 6 2022.

When asked how long he will have the five players (Amartey, Mendy, Iheanacho, Ndidi, and maybe Lookman) for, Rodgers said in a press conference on Friday, “I believe up until early January, I think it’s still about the 3rd of January, so they’ll be around for that time.”

That means, if fit, they will be able to play in both the games against Manchester City and Liverpool in the festive double-header, and the New Year’s Day meeting with Norwich.

All of the City players involved are expected to go far, with the three countries they represent among the top-five favourites to lift the title, which is currently held by Algeria.

If the quintet go all the way, they will miss the FA Cup third-round tie with Watford, and the fourth round if Rodgers’ side progress, as well as Premier League games against Burnley and Brighton.

Depending on when they return, they may also be absent for the trip to Liverpool on February 10.