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INSIDE AFCON 2019: Samuel Kalu Returns to Camp after Collapse, Kelechi Iheanacho on Alert

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Super Eagles Forward, Samuel Kalu is now “okay” and stable after reportedly collapsing in the Super Eagles’ final training session before their Cup of Nations Group B opener against Burundi.

Kalu was reported to have gone down on the turf while attempting to take a corner kick during the team’s training session in Alexandria before being rushed to a medical facility.

Earlier, reports said Kalu suffered a heart attack but sources close to the team later debunked the reports citing dehydration due to the harsh temperature and humidity levels to have caused his collapse. 

A statement from the team’s Media Officer Demola Olajire read, “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.”

According to emerging reports, Kelechi Iheanacho has been reached by the Nigeria Football Federation as a potential replacement for Kalu as the NFF awaits medical results to confirm if the incident was a result of dehydration or cardiovascular related.

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