Super Eagles Drop Osimhen & Shehu, Invite Four New Players For AFCON

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Victor Osimhen is out of the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations, the Nigeria
Football Federation confirmed on Friday.
Also, four new players have been invited to the Super Eagles for AFCON
over the health concerns and injuries of some players.
The NFF’s spokesperson, Ademola Olajire, made this known on Friday,
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.
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.
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.”