In a surprising turn of events, Nottingham Forest’s Taiwo Awoniyi and Ola Aina have been ruled out of the upcoming International Friendly matches against Saudi Arabia and Mozambique due to injuries, MySportDab reports.
However, Super Eagles fans have reason to be excited as two talented players are set to step up and fill the void left by the injured duo.
Sadiq Umar, the towering forward from Real Sociedad, is making a long-awaited return to the Super Eagles squad after a significant absence.
His last appearance for Nigeria dates back to March 2022, during the unfortunate World Cup playoff loss to Ghana. The prospect of Umar rejoining the national team has generated considerable anticipation among fans and pundits alike.
Joining Umar in the squad is Empoli’s versatile defender, Tyrone Ebuehi. Known for his defensive prowess and ability to contribute to the attack from the backline, Ebuehi adds depth and experience to the Super Eagles defense.
His return to the national team fold is a welcome sight for Super Eagles Head Coach Jose Peseiro, who will be closely monitoring the performance of these two players in the upcoming friendlies.
The International Friendly matches are scheduled to take place in Portugal this week, with Nigeria facing Saudi Arabia on October 13 and locking horns with Mozambique shortly after.
These fixtures will provide an excellent opportunity for Umar and Ebuehi to prove their worth and solidify their places in the Super Eagles squad.
The Nigerian football community eagerly awaits the performances of these talented replacements as they step into the spotlight.
While the absence of Awoniyi and Aina is unfortunate, it’s a chance for Umar and Ebuehi to shine and contribute to the success of the Super Eagles in these crucial international friendlies.
The football world will be watching with bated breath to see how these new additions will fare in the green and white jersey.