BUCURESTI (VG) Romania’s national team manager Mirel Rădoi (39) sees no problem with the Norwegian national football team competing despite Omar Elabdellaoui (28) being infected.
– No, we are not afraid of corona infection. Our only thought is that we have a strong opponent in front of us, and that we must raise the level so that we do not experience what happened in Oslo (Norwegian 4-0 victory). We have to revenge ourselves for our own part, for the Romanian journalists and get the fans. That is our only thought, says Rădoi to VG.
On Saturday morning, the Norwegian Football Association announced that they must postpone the trip to the planned Nations League matches against Romania (Sunday) and Austria (Wednesday), as the Norwegian Directorate of Health believes it breaks the infection control rules to travel after Omar Elabdellaoui tested positive for coronavirus on Friday.
Norway’s training and press conference at Arena Națională in Bucharest has been canceled, but Romania will train as planned on Saturday afternoon. Before training, coach Rădoi and player Alexandru Maxim posed for a press conference.
– Our thoughts are not about how many Norwegian players are infected or if it will be a problem for us. We focus on the match tomorrow. I know they are not coming to Bucharest tonight, but I hope they come tomorrow, because I think everyone wants to play this match. We are not worried that a Norwegian is infected. These problems exist all over the world, and I think we only need to focus on the struggle and our things, says Maxim.
The case is being updated!