Nigeria interim head coach Austine Eguavoen has revealed during an interview that Emmanuel Dennis was forced to pull out of the country’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations squad by Watford.
The Nigerian Football Federation earlier released a statement saying Watford were ‘baring fangs’ and basically blocked the striker from going to play for his country.
Watford claimed Dennis’ invitation for the competition came late and threatened not to release him.
Dennis was included in Nigeria 28 man squad for AFCON 2021 slated this month in Cameroon.
The 24-year-old was replaced in the 28-man squad on Friday by Slavia Prague’s Peter Olayinka. “Dennis told me that his club had done everything humanly possible for him not be at the Afcon,” Eguavoen told NFF TV
“Emmanuel Dennis told me he wanted to come, we did everything possible but he said the club threatened him”.
This means Nigeria will have to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations without two of their superstars Emmanuel Dennis and Victor Osmihen who was stopped by Napoli SC.