Despite statements from Watford manager Claudio Ranieri, the Nigeria Football Federation is certain that Emmanuel Dennis will play in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Watford are anxious to prevent the versatile forward 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.
“I’m not sure I’ll miss [Dennis] now, I don’t know if he will go,” Ranieri said following Tuesday night’s defeat to West Ham United.
The national team has a set time to deliver their precall, but they don’t follow the days, which I’d want to see.
I’m aware that the email was received late, and I’d like to know everything. The national football team
The national team has time, during this time they have to send the precall, if they don’t send the precall, we can choose.”
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However, the NFF were understood to be confused about Ranieri’s comments last night and sources closely situated explained to the Watford Observer that, as far as they are concerned, everything was done according to protocol.
It is their belief that clubs need to be notified five days in advance of individual matches and ten days in advance of a tournament, meaning they could have waited until December 30 to announce the striker’s inclusion and it would have still been above board.
A solution is still currently being discussed between the club and the NFF but the situation is expected to be resolved in the coming days, with club sources saying they are keen not to show any disrespect to national sides.