By Adeboye Amosu:
Nigeria winger, Samuel Kalu, will not be punished by French club, Girondins Bordeaux after he failed to return to training as expected on Thursday after the international break, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Kalu, 21, featured in Nigeria’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa last Saturday and the friendly encounter against the Cranes of Uganda on Tuesday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.
According to a report on French online news outlet, L’Equipe, Kalu failed to turn up for training on Thursday and did not answer calls from club officials to explain his absence from training.
The former KAA Gent of Belgium player later communicated his reason for not turning up in training to the club, stating that he woke up late due to the long trips he made during the international break.
Bordeuax, according to L’Equipe, were already preparing stiff sanction for the Super Eagles star before he called back to state the reason for his action.
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It was also gathered that Nigeria head coach, Gernot Rohr spoke with his Bordeaux counterpart, Eric Bedouet on phone to plead on Kalu’s behalf.
The winger has made 10 appearances for Bordeaux in the Ligue 1 this season scoring once. He has made eight starts and two substitute appearances.