Arsenal defender, Semi Ajayi, has confirmed that he will not be available for selection when Nigeria tackle Ivory Coast and Sudan later this month due to club commitments.
The Gunners Under 21 squad will square off with Reading on Monday, January 12, a day after the Super Eagles take on the Elephants in the United Arab Emirates.
Twenty four hours after the friendly with Sudan, Arsenal’s first team will face Manchester City in a crucial clash at the Etihad Stadium.
”Honoured to have received my first call up to the Nigeria senior squad for the friendlies against Ivory Coast and Mali this month,” said Semi Ajayi.
”Gutted I can’t make the trip to represent my country however due to fixture commitments at Arsenal but I’m truly grateful for the invitation.”
With both games falling outside the Fifa calender, no one can fault Semi Ajayi’s decision not to travel to Abu Dhabi because Arsenal are not obliged to release him.
However, the good news for Daniel Amokachi is that ex Switzerland youth-teamer Steven Ukoh is set to make his first international appearance for the Super Eagles.