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Samuel Kalu ‘stabilised’ after collapsing in training


[FILES] South Africa’s S’fuso Hlanti (L) and Thulani Hlatswayo (C) vies for the ball with Nigeria’s Samuel Kalu during the African Cup of Nations qualifier match between South Africa and Nigeria on November 17, 2018 at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE / AFP)

Samuel Kalu was rushed to hospital yesterday after collapsing in the Super Eagles’ final training session before today’s opening match against Burundi.

Kalu was reported to have fallen while trying to take a corner-kick in yesterday’s training session in Alexandria, and was immediately rushed to the hospital.

The 21-year-old underwent several medical examinations upon arrival in the hospital and was said to have collapsed due to dehydration.

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Media Director, Ademola Olajire confirmed that the Bordeaux winger has been advised to drink more water.

“I have been told Samuel Kalu has been stabilised. He was taken to hospital for tests and he is certified okay. He was dehydrated, they said. Told him he needs to be taking enough fluids,” Olajire said.

Kalu is one of the nine forwards in Coach Gernot Rohr’s squad and it remains to be seen if he would be available for their Group B opening game against the Swallows at the Alexandria Stadium.

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