Nigeria’s junior international, Obinna Nwobodo, was expected to depart the country Nigeria for Doha, Qatar, yesterday, for surgery on a major knee injury.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in concert with the National Sports Commission (NSC) reportedly made the surgery possible after the Enugu Rangers ace suffered a careerthreatening knee injury in the final of the African Youth Championship in Senegal in March.
The Flying Eagles’ midfielder is expected to undergo the surgery by the weekend at the world-renowned Aspetar Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Doha and thereafter have part of his rehabilitation in Qatar.
Nwobodo was forced out of the AYC final after a malicious tackle by Senegal skipper Roger Gomis, which went unpunished by the referee.
The injury ruled him out of the recent FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand, where Nigeria again reached the Round of 16 before they were eliminated by Germany.