Watford manager, Walter Mazzari, has claimed that the English Premier League club got a notification from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to leave out their striker, Isaac Success, from the recent 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifying match in Zambia.
Success, alongside, Chelsea’s Victor Moses, came under criticism in Nigeria for failing to honour calls to be part of the World Cup qualifying against Zambia, which the Super Eagles won 2-1 in Ndola last weekend.
There were also reports in the local media in the West African nation stating that the two players were faced with bans from the NFF.
Italian coach, Mazzari, has, however, taken time to set the record straight from Watford’s perspective.
The Watford manager played down any talk of “problem” with the Nigeria federation over the 20-year-old striker.
“Immediately after the (Bournemouth) game we sent an email to the Nigerian federation and spoke to them on the phone, confirming that Success had an injury. They replied by email confirming Success was excused by their technical director. We don’t have any problem with the Nigeria national team,” said Mazzari on Friday.
However, the former Granada man, who suffered a knock in the 2-2 draw against AFC Bournemouth before the international break is now in line for his first start in the Premier League since joining on a club record fee of £12.5 million.
According to Mazzari, the Nigerian striker has “recovered very well and looks okay.”