AFCON 2023: Nwabali reportedly still in contention for Nigeria’s quarterfinal against Angola after scan results

Stanley Nwabali has been a brilliant addition to the Super Eagles team. (Photo Credit: Nwabali/X)

AFCON 2023: Nwabali reportedly still in contention for Nigeria’s quarterfinal against Angola after scan results

Ayoola Kelechi 20:29 - 30.01.2024

Nigeria's hopes of reaching the AFCON 2023 semifinals rest on the broad shoulders of the goalkeeper, who could make an appearance against Angola depending on last-minute medical clearance

As Nigeria advances to the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023, the spotlight is on the condition of goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali, whose knee injury raised concerns during the Round of 16 clash against Cameroon. Recent scan results, however, bring a ray of hope for the Super Eagles.

Nwabali Scan Results Offer Optimism

Following a thorough examination of Nwabali's knee injury, the scan results indicate that the knock is not as serious as initially feared. The Chippa United goalkeeper sustained the injury during a tough collision with Cameroon's Goerges Kevin N'Koudou during Nigeria's 1-0 win over Cameroon. 

While the injury is not deemed severe, a final decision on Nwabali's fitness for the upcoming quarterfinal clash against Angola will be made by the medical team. The outcome of this decision is expected on or before Friday's crucial game.

Race Against Time

With the quarterfinal looming, the medical staff faces a race against time to assess Nwabali's readiness. The last-minute decision will play a pivotal role in determining whether the talented goalkeeper can take the field and contribute to Nigeria's quest for AFCON glory. 

The team's management and fans alike await the verdict, hopeful that Nwabali will be available to showcase his skills in the knockout stages.

Uzoho on Standby pending Nwabali decision

In the event that Nwabali is unable to recover in time, former number one goalkeeper Francis Uzoho is poised to step into the breach. Uzoho, who held the goalkeeper position previously, is a likely candidate to guard the net for Nigeria if Nwabali's rehabilitation extends beyond the quarterfinal clash.

Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho || Imago
Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho || Imago

Despite Uzoho's experience, concerns linger among Nigerians due to his history of high-profile errors. The prospect of Uzoho featuring in a crucial quarterfinal match against Angola raises apprehensions among fans, heightening the anticipation of Nwabali's potential return.

As the countdown to the quarterfinal intensifies, all eyes will be on the medical team's decision regarding Nwabali's participation, adding an extra layer of suspense and intrigue to Nigeria's AFCON journey.

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