Toe injury knocks Victor Moses out of Super Eagles

Chelsea FC wing back,. Victor Moses was left out of Nigeria’s team to play against South Africa next week because of a toe injury.

Other notable players that did not make the cut are Brown Ideye, Odion Ighalo and John Mikel Obi.

Twenty three players were named by Nigeria’s coach, Gernot Rohr for the game against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and old regulars like Ogenyi Onazi, Elderson Echiejile, Kenneth Omeruo and Ahmed Musa were listed.

Rohr also threw invitations out to newbies like Tyronne Ebuehi, Chidozie Awaziem, Maroof Youssef, Alhassan Ibrahim, Henry Onyekuru, Victor Osimhen and Olanrewaju Kayode.

John Mikel Obi recently underwent a hernia operation but no reason was given for the absence of Odion Ighalo and Brown Ideye.

However, Media Officer of the team, Toyin Ibitoye told that Moses requested that he be left out because of a toe injury that requires surgery.

Moses requested that he should be left out of the team because of an injured toe that requires surgery. Hopefully he will be back in time for the World Cup Qualifier against Cameroon,” Ibitoye said.

Turkey –based midfielder Ogenyi Onazi topped the list made available on Wednesday, with Elderson Echiejile, Ahmed Musa and Kenneth Omeruo also called.

South Africa –based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi joins home –based professional Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Portugal –based Dele Alampasu to contest for the gloves, with William Ekong, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu, Tyronne Ebuehi and Zamalek FC of Egypt’s Maroof Youssef joining Omeruo and Echiejile at the rear.

England –based Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Ogu, Mikel Agu and Akwa United’s former junior international Alhassan Ibrahim join Onazi in the midfield. Musa is joined at the fore by Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Alex Iwobi, Henry Onyekuru, Olanrewaju Kayode and Victor Osimhen.

All invited players are expected in Abuja on Friday, 2nd June with the team to train on Monday, 5th June before departing to Uyo on Tuesday.

The Super Eagles trade tackles with the Bafana Bafana at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Saturday, 10th June 2017, starting from 5pm.


Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal)

Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); William Ekong (KAA Gent, Belgium); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal); Maroof Youssef (Zamalek FC, Egypt)

Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal); Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United FC)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Henry Onyekuru (KAS Eupen, Belgium); Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg FC, Germany); Olanrewaju Kayode (FK Austria Wien, Austria)
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