Iwobi’s coronavirus test result in Benin was “fake”, says Gernot Rohr

Alex Iwobi is available for Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Lesotho on Tuesday following a second Covid-19 test came out “negative”, The team spokesman Babafemi Raji said.

Iwobi missed the qualifier in Benin on Saturday after apparently testing positive for Covid-19.

He quit the Super Eagles training camp on his return from Benin, but coach Gernot Rohr insisted the test result in Benin was “fake”.

Rohr said after Monday night’s training that Iwobi would be expected to start ahead of Henry Onyekuru on the left side of attack if his test result was negative.

“If he is negative he can play, if not, we will play again with Henry on the left side, like we did in Benin,” he said.

The game will be the pfirst international staged in the commercial capital of Lagos for 10 years.

Lagos was for many years the home of the country’s team and it was in this bustling port city that Nigeria celebrated some of their biggest achievements – gold at the 1973 All Africa Games, a first-ever Africa Cup triumph in 1980 and qualification for their debut World Cup in 1994.

However, the poor state of the National Stadium pitch forced matches to be played elsewhere.

The Confederation of African Football has affirmed 8,000 spectators to watch the qualifier at the 24,000-capacity.

Teslim Balogun Stadium in the sprawling city of over 20 million inhabitants.