The doping test outcomes for three Super Eagles players have returned negative. The tested squad members are Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon, and captain William Troost-Ekong.
Reports of these random tests surfaced following Nigeria's 2-0 victory over Cameroon in the Round of 16 of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2024) last Sunday.
Lookman's brace secured the Eagles' advancement to the quarter-finals, setting up a clash with Angola.
Why were Super Eagles players selected for doping tests?
Moses Simon and William Troost-Ekong were randomly selected for doping tests due to the remarkable level of energy they exhibited during their game against Cameroon. On the other hand, Osimhen underwent his test after the Super Eagles' game against Guinea-Bissau.
Their exceptional performance, characterised by intense physical exertion and standout plays, raised eyebrows among officials, prompting them to be singled out for testing.
This proactive measure aims to ensure fairness and integrity in the sport by verifying the naturalness of their performance and deterring any potential doping practices.
Random selection highlights the dedication to upholding fairness among all athletes and safeguarding the integrity of the competition.
Troost-Ekong ready for Nigeria's AFCON 2024 clash with Angola
William Troost-Ekong has refuted claims suggesting his unavailability for selection on Friday, February 2, when the Super Eagles meet Angola in the quarterfinals of the AFCON 2024.
However, official sources within the Super Eagles camp clarified that Troost-Ekong and Osimhen were simply given rest to recuperate after the strenuous match against Cameroon and are expected to resume full training on Tuesday.
Both Troost-Ekong and Victor Osimhen skipped the Super Eagles' recovery session on Monday, sparking rumours of their potential absence against the Palancas Negras.
Troost-Ekong himself confirmed his readiness to feature against Angola if chosen by manager Jose Peseiro.
Despite sustaining a knock against Ivory Coast, the central defender was deemed fit enough to be included on the bench against Guinea-Bissau and subsequently played the entire duration of the round of 16 encounter against Cameroon.
Nigeria's quarter-final game is scheduled to take place at the Stade Félix-Houphouët-Boigny.