Shehu Abdullahi handed late call-up for Sierra Leone's AFCON 2022 qualifier

Shehu Abdullahi handed late call-up for Sierra Leone's AFCON 2022 qualifier

- Shehu Abdullahi has been called up as a replacement for the injured Frank Onyeka

- The 27-year-old will now be a part of the Super Eagles squad that will face Sierra Leone in the 2022 AFCON qualifiers

- Abdullahi will be making his return to the national team since last November when Nigeria beat Lesotho 4-2

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Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr has handed Shehu Abdullahi a late call up for their AFCON 2022 qualifiers against Sierra Leone this month.

The 27-year-old who currently plays for Omonia Nicosia was initially on the standby list but has now been handed the opportunity to feature in the doubleheader encounters.

Abdullahi will take the place of FC Midtjylland's Frank Onyeka in the camp of the three-time African champions ahead of the game this weekend.

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Unconfirmed reports from the Nigeria Football Federation claims the 22-year-old pulled out of the game after sustaining an injury while in action for his club and won't return in time for the match.

Abdullahi will return to the squad for the first time since November 2019 when Nigeria defeated Lesotho 4-2. He was an unused substitute in the encounter.

After making his debut under the late Stephen Keshi in 2014, the 27-year-old has made 31 appearances across competitions for the Eagles.

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He was also part of the team that won the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations bronze medal following their 1-0 win over Tunisia in Egypt.

Shehu Abdullahi handed late call-up for Sierra Leone's AFCON 2022 qualifier
Shehu Abdullahi will join the rest of the Super Eagles team for their AFCON qualifiers against Sierra Leone. Credit: NFF Twitter.
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Abdullahi started his career at Nigeria Professional League side Kano Pillars before making his ways out of the country.

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He only lasted 25 minutes on the pitch before leaving the pitch for Kader Bamba for the remainder of the Ligue 1 cracker.

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