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Injured Aina, Kalu out as Ighalo, Iwobi arrive in Asaba camp


Torino of Italy defender, Ola Aina and Bordeaux forward, Samuel Kalu have ben ruled out of Nigeria’s last African Nations Cup qualifier against Seychelles and the international friendly billed for Asaba this weekend and early next week. In their stead, the coaches led by Gernbot Rohr have called up Enyimba of Aba’s Ikouwem Utin and Ndifreke Effiong of Akwa United.

The team started converging on Asaba yesterday with Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi and Semi Ajayi among the first arrivals in the Super Eagles’ camp.

Nigeria will host Seychelles on Friday in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier and take on Egypt on March 26 at the same Stephen Keshi Stadium.


The game against Seychelles is a mere formality event as the Super Eagles have already qualified for the Nations Cup. But the team is using the encounter to prepare for the event, which will be hosted by their second opponents in the two-match series, Egypt.

Also already in camp are goalkeepers, Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi, as well as Utin, Effiong and Enyimba’s Valentine Ozornwafor.

According to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the bulk of the invited group of 23 will come in today.

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