The Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick revealed the steps he took to prevent Alex Iwobi from getting quarantined in the Republic of Benin.
Alex Iwobi tested positive for the coronavirus – before the Super Eagles game against the Republic of Benin.
Although, the team officials and the NFF – were not convinced the Everton midfielder missed the game.
However, the Hale End Academy went through a second test in Nigeria and tested negative. CAF cleared him and was able to feature for Nigeria against Lesotho.
Amaju Pinnick thanked top government officials for their influence and was relieved to hear that he tested negative after the second test.
“The fear of Iwobi – being quarantined – was real and worrying, so I took the responsibility of consulting with every relevant authority to get him to travel out of Benin by boat about 7:30 pm, to forestall him getting isolated there.
“And to the glory of God, after further tests in Lagos, it was confirmed – that Iwobi – was not infected with the COVID-19 virus.
“Naturally, we are all relieved and excited about this. It would be remiss of me to forget to thank the Honourable Minister of Information & Culture, Lai Mohammed, the Executive Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the D-G of the DSS, and Rear Admiral Barabutemegha Gbassa, the Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, for their consistent calls to ensure we were alright, as we came into Lagos via Ilase, through the creeks.”