By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Interim coach of Super Eagles of Nigeria, Augustine Eguavoen says he will replace Al-Shabab forward, Jude Odion Ighalo on Tuesday evening.
He said this during his final press conference before the team departs for Cameroon on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.
“If we don’t have any positive news on Ighalo by 5 pm, I will replace him.” Says Eguavoen.
When asked about Ighalo replacement, he says:
“I won’t say it.”
The former Super Eagles player who took the team to a bronze medal placement at the 2006 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), Eguavoen opined that he wants to win the AFCON this time around.
He said: “I want to win the AFCON, but no one knows tomorrow. We will work hard towards our target.
We have gotten videos about our opponents and we are still working on more details about all our opponents.
“I won’t make excuses about the situation. We have selected the best 28 and we missed out on a few. It will be a serious team bonding.”
Nigeria will kick off its 2021 AFCON campaign next Tuesday against the Pharaohs of Egypt.
Egypt defeated Nigeria 3-1 when both sides last met at the AFCON.
As of Tuesday, January 4, 2021, 23 players are in the Super Eagles camp in Abuja.
In camp now
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus); John Noble (Enyimba FC); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); Olisa Ndah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)
Midfielders: Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Nwakali (SD Huesca, Spain)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos FC, Greece); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria, Spain); Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin, Germany); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Praha, Czech Republic)
Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Tyrone Ebuehi (Venezia FC, Italy); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Odion Jude Ighalo (Al-Shabab Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
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