Emmanuel Dennis

This one is quite sensitive and controversial. Nigerian coach Austin Eguavoen has claimed Watford threatened Emmanuel Dennis against going to the Africa Cup of Nations this month.

The 2022 AFCON is kicking off this Sunday but certainly without a certain Dennis in a Nigeria shirt.

According to his national side coach Eguavoen, the striker told him that Watford tried to move the kitchen and sink to block the 24-year-old from going to the tournament.

“Dennis told me that his club had done everything humanly possible for him not be at Afcon,” Eguavoen told NFF TV.

“I can’t force it, I reported the matter to the authority and they also tried, that was why we had to wait until the last second before we pushed the button.

“Dennis said he wanted to come but the club is threatening him. What do we do if a player does not want to come? We have to play with what we have. Based on that, I like the enthusiasm because I only informed Onyekuru once and he was happy about it.

“Initially, he has been an integral part of this team and I felt bad that some of them wouldn’t be around but decisions have to be made. Onuachu, Onyekuru, Ebuehi, and few other ones and as soon as that opening was there, Shehu Abdullahi also said that the report came out that he’s been injured and he’s going to be out for 10 days to two weeks and we reached out to Tyronne and he was happy too,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles will be opening the tournament against the mighty Egypt next Tuesday in in Garoua, Cameroon.

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