AFCON: Osimhen Dropped From Super Eagles Squad

The Nigeria Football Federation has said the super eagles team list for 33rd Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon might undergo some changes amid injuries and health concerns

The NFF’s spokesperson, Ademola Olajire, made the disclosure on Friday.

According to Olajide, Victor Osimhen will not be part of the super eagles team that will travel to Cameroon for the prestigious Africa showpiece.

Recall that Osimhen tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

Olajide also disclosed that four new players have been invited to the Super Eagles for AFCON,
adding that only the goalkeeping department is unchanged.

Other players newly added to the AFCON list are right back Tyrone Ebuehi, England –based Oluwasemilogo, Greece-based Henry Onyekuru, and Czech Republic-based forward Peter Olayinka.

AFCON: Osimhen Dropped From Super Eagles Squad

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Olajire said, “Lively forward Victor Osimhen’s positive test to the coronavirus pandemic a couple of days ago and injury to the versatile Abdullahi Shehu have constrained changes to Nigeria’s final 28-man list for the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations starting in Cameroon next weekend.

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“The goalkeeping department is untouched, but the forced exclusion of Cyprus –based Shehu, who can slot easily into sections of the defence and midfield, has made way for hard-as-nails right back Tyrone Ebuehi, now with Venezia in the Italian Serie A, and England –based Oluwasemilogo Ajayi returns to the group for Africa’s flagship football championship following injury to centre-back Leon Balogun. Ajayi can also play as a midfielder.

“Osimhen’s absence paves way for Greece-based Henry Onyekuru who was also at the last finals in Egypt. In-form rapid raider Emmanuel Dennis, whose English Premiership club is baring fangs, has been excused to provide room for Czech Republic-based forward Peter Olayinka.”