Watford could deny Emmanuel Dennis AFCON call-up because of ‘deadline’ confusion

Watford could block star striker Emmanuel Dennis from joining Nigeria’s squad at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The 24-year-old was named in the Super Eagles’ 28-man squad on Boxing Day after a sensational season where he has netted eight goals in 16 Premier League appearance so far.

Dennis beamed with pride as he took to Twitter to post pictures of himself representing his country with the caption: “Proud to get a call up to represent my country. Naija Boy.”

But Watford manager Claudio Ranieri could deny his striker of his dream after claiming Nigeria missed a deadline to inform the club that the forward was being considered for selection.

Ranieri revealed Watford could refuse Dennis’ release due to Nigeria not “respecting” the dates.

He said: "I’m not so sure I’ll miss [Dennis] now, I don’t know if he goes.

"The national team has a time to send their pre-call, they don’t respect the days and I want to see very well.

"I know the email arrived late and I want to know everything.

“The national team has a time, during this time they have to send the pre-call, if they don’t send the pre-call, we can choose."

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The Watford Observer claim the Nigerian Football Federation deny any wrongdoing and are confident that the forward will still be involved in the tournament.

That is down to their belief that international sides only needed to notify clubs 10 days in advance of a tournament, which would have allowed them to call-up Dennis as late as December 30.

Several managers have shared their reluctance towards crucial players leaving mid-season for an international tournament mid-pandemic, despite the fact the Euros took place just last summer.

The competition is set to begin in Cameroon on January 9, with Nigeria’s first game being a thriller against Egypt on January 11.

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