Saturday, September 24, 2011

Okonkwo faces late fitness test

Super Eagles defender, Chibuzor Okonkwo is likely to start for Heartland in Sunday’s Federation Cup final against Enyimba at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

Okonkwo did not travel with the rest of the Heartland contingent that arrived Lagos on Tuesday night.

The player picked up an injury while on duty for the Super Eagles when they faced Argentina in an international friendly on September 6 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

“Initially, we thought it (the injury) would rule him out of the final but we have now been informed that there is a possibility that he could play (on Sunday),” coach of Heartland, Lodewijk de Kruif told

De Kruif also revealed that the defender would be subjected to further medical examination by the Heartland medical team led by George Iheanacho before he gets the all clear to play.

“If he is fit, he will play but we have to wait for the medical people to assess the situation first,” he said.

The player, who has been undergoing tests at the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri joined the rest of the Heartland team on Friday evening.

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