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April 9, 2024

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Osimhen and Ighalo miss out on Nigeria upcoming friendlies


Nigeria head coach Jose Peseiro recently named a 25-man squad that will take on Algeria in an international friendly at the Stade Olympique, Oran, on September 27.

While Osimhen nurses a hamstring injury, Peseiro excluded Ighalo from his latest team as, Ademola Olajire, the Director of Communications of the Nigeria Football Federation explained some of the squad inclusions.

“Among players called up to take on the former two-time African champions, Algeria, are goalkeepers Francis Uzoho and Maduka Okoye; defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Chidozie Awaziem and Calvin Bassey, “ Olajire said according to Nigerian publication, the Guardian.

“Others are midfielders Wilfred Ndidi and Alex Iwobi, and forwards Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze, Taiwo Awoniyi and Cyriel Dessers.

“Only Richard Onyedika, of Belgian top team, Club Brugge, is a new face in the group. Germany-based defender Kevin Akpoguma also returns to the fold,’’ Olajire stated.

Three-time African champions, Nigeria will put its team together in the city of Constantine, Algeria on Monday.