2018 WCQ: Ikeme drops bombshell ahead of Algeria clash

NPFL By: Ayodeji Tunde | 02/11/2016


Nigeria's first-choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has dropped a huge bombshell ahead of the November 12 Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state

The Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper according to Complete Sports  has written to the Nigeria Football Federation that he would not be available for the game against the Desert Foxes of Algeria.

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The shot-stopper sustained a hip injury in a Championship clash with Blackburn Rovers on Saturday and was taken off at half time.

Though details about the injury and how long Ikeme would be out of action remains sketchy, it is now all but certain that the 30-year-old is unavailable for selection for the looming crucial World Cup qualifier.

As it stands, the Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rorh is left with only FC IfeanyiUbah's Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Portugal-based youngster Dele Alampasu.

 The duo are the two other keepers in the 24-man squad for the Algeria game.

Whether the Franco-German will stick with either or extend an invitation to South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi remains to be see

Akpeyi interestingly stood in for Ikeme while he was ill earlier this year when the Super Eagles lost 1-0 to Egypt in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Alexandria.

It must be said that the Chippa United goalkeeper was quite impressive in that game.