Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen ruled out of Africa Cup

Nigeria have been forced to make four late changes to their final Africa Cup of Nations squad, along with Napoli striker Victor Osimhen and Watford winger Emmanuel Dennis. Defenders Shehu Abdullahi and Leon Balogun are the other two players to be ruled out of the biennial African football showpiece being hosted by Cameroon which will run from January 9 to February 6. Osimhen has been ruled out since contracting the coronavirus and is yet to make a full recovery. The facial fracture required surgery, while Watford would not release Dennis after receiving an invitation to the tournament too late.

Osimhen and Denis have been replaced by Henri Onekuru of Olympiakos and Peter Olayinka of Slavia Prague, respectively.

Venezia’s Tyrone Ebuhi and Oluwasemilogo Ajayi – who play for second-tier English side West Brom – come in for Abdullahi and Balogun.

Modified Squad:

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia/CYP), John Noble (Enemba), Daniel Akpayi (Cajar Chiefs/RSA), Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam/NED)

Defenders: Chidozi Awazeem (Alanyaspor FC/TUR), Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes/SPA), Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion/England), William Ekong (Watford/England), Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC/ITA), Jamilu Collins ( SC Paddyborn 07/GER), Tyrone Ebuhi (Venezia FC/ITA), Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto/POR), Olisa Nadah (Orlando Pirates/RSA)


Midfielders: Frank Oneka (Brentford/England), Joseph Ayodel-Aribo (Rangers/SCO), Wilfred Nadi (Leicester City/England), Chidera Ezuke (CSKA Moscow/RUS), Kelechi Nawakali (SD Huesca/SPA)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk/TUR), Samuel Chukuwez (Villarreal FC/SPA), Henry Onekuru (Olympiakos FC/GRE), Moses Simon (FC Nantes/FRA), Sadiq Omar (UD Almeria/SPA), Taiwo Avonii ( Union Berlin/GER), Odeon Judd Ighalo (Al-Shabab Riyadh/KSA), Alex Iwobi (Everton/England), Kelechi Ihenacho (Leicester City/England), Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Prague/CZE)

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