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Everton's Alex Iwobi quits Nigeria camp after positive Covid-19 test

FOOTBALL By AFP | March 30th 2021
November 7, 2020 Everton's Alex Iwobi in action with Manchester United's Axel Tuanzebe [ REUTERS]

Alex Iwobi will not be available for Nigeria's final 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Lesotho after testing positive for COVID-19 , officials told AFP on Monday.

Everton forward Iwobi tested positive before Saturday's 1-0 away win over Benin, and travelled back to Nigeria with the rest of the squad on Sunday.

FILE: Algeria's forward Baghdad Bounedjah (L) tackles Nigeria's forward Alex Iwobi (C) during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Semi-final football match between Algeria and Nigeria at the Cairo International stadium in Cairo on July 14, 2019. ( AFP)

"Iwobi has left the camp," Eagles spokesman Babafemi Raji told AFP.

"Before he left, he did not show any symptoms, he was fine."

Iwobi, 24, has scored twice during the qualifying campaign for the delayed Cup of Nations, which will be hosted by Cameroon in January next year.

Nigeria's win over Benin guaranteed them top spot in Group L although they had already qualified before kick-off thanks to a goalless draw between Lesotho and Sierra Leone.

Gernot Rohr's side have 11 points from five matches and are seven points ahead of third-placed Sierra Leone, with the top two teams in the group qualifying for the tournament.

Nigeria host bottom side Lesotho in Lagos on Tuesday.

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