AFCON: Watford reluctant to release Nigerian striker Dennis

The 24-year-old is joint-fourth on the Premier League's top scorers rank and Watford's top scorer so far.
AFCON: Watford reluctant to release Nigerian striker Dennis

Watford could prevent Emmanuel Dennis from taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations next month

Premier League side, Watford, could stop Nigerian striker, Emmanuel Dennis, from joining the Super Eagles for the 2022 African Cup of Nations holding in Cameroon.

The continental tournament which was postponed by a year due to COVID-19 in 2021 will now hold in less than two weeks, beginning from Sunday, 9 Jan 2022 – Sun, 6 Feb 2022.

The former Club Brugge star was “Proud to get a call up to represent my country" after he was listed on the interim manager, Augustine Eguavoen's 28-man final list for the 33rd Africa Cup of Nation.

However, Dennis who has been a shining light for the Hornets may sit out the tournament after the EPL side claimed the Nigeria Football Federation delayed in sending Dennis' invitation letter.

Speaking to The Athletic, club manager - Claudio Ranieri said, “I’m not so sure I’ll miss Dennis now and if he goes to the national team, we have to wait.

“The email didn’t arrive at the right moment. The national team has time to send a pre-call. They didn’t respect the days, and I want to see.

“The email arrived late. “They have a time when they need to send a pre-call; if they don’t send it, we can choose.”

The 24-year-old is joint-fourth on the Premier League's top scorers rank and Watford's top scorer so far.

His inclusion in the Super Eagles squad will prove vital as Victor Osimhen who is also on the list remains doubtful as he continues to recover from his cheekbone injury.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles will open camp on December 29 in preparation for the 33rd AFCON tournament where they will face seven-time AFCON winners Egypt, Sudan and debutants Guinea Bissau.

Dennis has until the new year to join camp with the UK-based players expected to start arriving on Monday, January 3.

The three-time African champions will open their Group D match against the Pharaohs on Tuesday, 11th January before facing Sudan and Guinea Bissau on January 15th and 19th respectively.

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