President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick has given an update on the state of the Super Eagles squad which has seen two midfielders withdrawn from the national team.
The Nigeria national team is due to take on Algeria and Tunisia on the 9th and 13th of October respectively in Austria in international friendly games.
The three-time African champions will play the two friendlies without star players like Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo, both withdrawing from the squad due to injuries.
Coach Gernot Rohr will also miss striker Victor Osimhen who has also been excused from the squad.
On the state of the Super Eagles, the NFF boss in a thread on twitter confirmed the friendlies will go ahead as planned while also stating the team is short in midfield.
“I’m looking forward to our friendly matches against Algeria and Tunisia in Austria, even though it will be played without fans in the stadium. These games are fully funded by us at the NFF and the football federations of both countries as well,” Pinnick said.
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Defender Kenneth Omeruo and forward Moses Simon were among the early arrivals at the Super Eagles’ Hotel die Zeit an der Glan in Austria on Monday morning, ahead of the international friendly matches.
Forwards Samuel Kalu and Chidera Ejuke, defender Leon Balogun and goalkeeper Mathew Yakubu were also in the early birds’ corp. Hours later, England –based defenders William Ekong, Oluwasemilogo Ajayi and Olaoluwa Aina, as well as forward Kelechi Iheanacho landed in Austria. Right behind them were goalkeeper Dele Alampasu, defender Jamilu Collins, midfielder Frank Onyeka and forwards Cyril Dessers and Alex Iwobi. The other invited players were being expected in camp by Monday night.
Pinnick also confirmed that former German U-20 national team captain, Kevin Ufuoma Akpoguma has been given permission by FIFA to switch his nationality from Germany to Nigeria.
“However, I’m extremely happy to announce that FIFA has just granted Hoffenheim defender and former German U-20 national team skipper Kevin Ufuoma Akpoguma permission to make his switch to Nigeria with immediate effect.”
Kevin Akpoguma has also arrived at the team’s hotel in Austria to familiarise with the Nigeria set-up and bond with the other players.
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