NFF Confident Emmanuel Dennis Will Play At AFCON

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Watford's Emmanuel Dennis Joins Victor Osimhen In Players Out For AFCON
Watford's Emmanuel Dennis Joins Victor Osimhen In Players Out For AFCON

Despite statements from Watford manager Claudio Ranieri, the Nigeria Football Federation is certain that Emmanuel Dennis would play in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Watford are anxious to prevent the versatile attacker from travelling to Cameroon after the NFF informed them late of his participation in the team.

In Watford’s 4-1 loss to West Ham United on Tuesday night, Dennis scored his eighth goal of the season.

Due to his involvement in the AFCON, the 24-year-old will miss crucial games against relegation rivals Newcastle and Norwich.

Ranieri stated after Tuesday night”s defeat to West Ham United: I’m not so sure I’ll miss [Dennis] now, I don’t know if he goes.

“The national team has time to send their precall, they don’t respect the days and I want to see very well.

“I know the email arrived late and I want to know everything. The national team has a time, during this time they have to send the precall, if they don’t send the precall, we can choose.”

The NFF, on the other hand, was said to be perplexed by Ranieri’s statements yesterday night, and sources close to the situation told the Watford Observer that everything had been done according to protocol.

They believe that clubs should be told five days in advance of individual matches and ten days in advance of a tournament, so they could have announced the striker’s involvement on December 30 and it would have been legal.

The club and the NFF are still working on a solution, but the matter is anticipated to be rectified in the next few days, according to club insiders, who claim they don’t want to offend national teams.

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