The two Nigerian players sustained injuries in the semi final match.
The Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, said on Saturday that he has not given up on the duo of Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses featuring in Sunday’s match against Burkina Faso.
Both players sustained injuries in the semi final match Nigeria played against Mali.
A team official told PREMIUM TIMES that Victor Moses had almost no chance of playing the Sunday match based on the evaluation of his injury by the medical team; Emenike, however, stands a chance, the official said. Both players missed the team’s training on Friday.
However, speaking ahead of the team’s last training session at the Soccer City in Soweto, Keshi was quoted by the Super Eagle’s Media Officer, Ben Alaiya, as saying “I will wait till the last minute and by Sunday we will know whether the boys will play or not, any other opinion is unacceptable”.
He assured Nigerians not to panic over the two players as the medics are working round the clock to ensure that they are fit for the final; even as he said that in the case of the unexpected he has capable replacements to fit into the shoes of the duo.
“I can understand the apprehension of the public over the two players but we must be a little patient, because I know that the two of them want to play in the final and the medical team is working round the clock,” he said.
Nigeria will challenge Burkina Faso in the final of the African Nations Cup on Sunday.