By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Super Eagles and Tigres UANL of Mexico striker Ikechukwu Uche will miss his club’s Copa Libertadores semi-finals first leg game against Brazilian giants, Internacional, on Wednesday night as he is not fully fit.
The former Vallarreal forward was not included by Tigres manager Ricardo Ferretti in the 22-man squad of players who made the trip to Brazil.
Uche signed a three-year deal for the Mexican side who are hoping to become the first club from the country to win the competition.
The 2013 African Cup of Nations winner became the first Nigerian international to play in the Mexican top flight when he moved from Spanish La Liga side Villarreal this summer much to the shock of many of his Nigerian fans.
The younger of the Uche brothers who scored 103 goals in 13 years in Spanish football is one of the star players bought by coach Ferretti that also includes French top striker, Andre-Piere Gignac, Mexican youngster Jurgen Damm and Uche’s former teammate at Villarreal, Javier Aquino.
Incidentally the other new recruits are in line to feature on Wednesday night.
Tigres have won six, drawn three and lost once in the competition this year.
The former Recreativo Huelva, Getafe and Real Zaragoza striker has 47 caps for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
In the other semi final first leg game played in the early hours of Wednesday, three-time winners, Argentina’s River Plate defeated new comers in the competition, Paraguay’s Guarani, 2-0 with goals scored by Gabriel Mercado, and a superb chip by Rodrigo Mora.