- Victor Osimhen has been replaced by Paul Onuachu in the Super Eagles squad
- The Napoli striker withdrew from the squad that will face Algeria and Tunisia in friendly games
- Onuachu has scored seven league goals in seven appearances for Belgian side Genk this campaign
Africa's most expensive player Victor Osimhen has been excused from the Super Eagles squad that will prosecute this month's friendly games against Algeria and Tunisia.
Genk striker Paul Onuachu has been handed a late call-up by the country's national team head coach Gernot Rohr.
This development was confirmed by the Nigeria Football Federation on their official Twitter page on Sunday, October 4.
Although they did not give reasons for the sudden exclusion of the 21-year-old who is currently on the payroll of Napoli, they probably want the youngster to settle in well with his new teammates.
Another source claims Osimhen will have to self-isolate after two of his colleagues, Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas had tested positive for COVID-19 after their 6-0 demolition of Genoa last weekend.
Meanwhile, Onuachu has not featured for the Super Eagles since October 2019 during their test game against Brazil.
The 26-year-old has been in top form since the start of the 2020-21 season - scoring seven goals in seven appearances so far. Nigeria will face Algeria on October 9 before coming up against Tunisia four days later.
Legit.ng earlier reported that With barely six days to the much anticipated friendly between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Desert Foxes of Algeria, a player of the North African side, Ilyes Chetti has tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus, Complete Sports reports.
The Esperance of Tunisia defender has been ordered into 10-day self-isolation, meaning he will be unavailable for his country’s friendlies against Nigeria and Mexico.
Nigeria’s game against the Fennec Foxes is billed for August 9 and head coach of the Algerian national team Djamel Belmadi will release the names of players to prosecute the game over the weekend.
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