Lagos - Super Eagles duo of Godfrey Oboabona and Hope Akpan will not be part of the final 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa.
Ita Akpan, the father of Reading of England midfield discovery, Hope, has expressed sadness over the fact that his son will not play in his native Akwa Ibom International Stadium in Uyo, when the team confronts Bafana Bafana on Wednesday.
Ita, who travelled from London along with Hope’s mother to come and catch a glimpse of their son in action said he was however happy that his son heeded his advise to play for Nigeria instead of England.
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“I know very soon, he will be back in the team after the healing process and he will make impact in the national team with the caliber of coaches that we have in the team,” he said at the lobby of the Le Meridien Hotel in Uyo.
Hope is now expected to travel out of the country earlier than expected with his parents for medics at his club in England to have a second look at the injured shoulder and help in his quick recovery.
Akpan is not alone in his misery as central defence ace, Oboabona is also out of the Bafana Bafana encounter but for a different reason. He picked up his second yellow card against Congo in the qualifiers and will therefore miss Wednesday’s encounter. “It’s sad that I won’t play but I trust my teammates to deliver the ticket to the Nations Cup,” he said wryly.
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