Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has called up Eupen of Belgium forward Henry Onyekuru to replace Austria Wien FC striker Olanrewaju Kayode for friendlies against Corsica and Togo, as Kayode has been held back by club engagement.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation have insisted that the Super Eagles will play two friendly matches against Corsica and Togo before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa in Uyo in June.
The NFF said in a press release made available to Completesportsnigeria.com on Thursday that coach Salisu Yusuf will lead a contingent of goalkeepers trainer Alloy Agu, home-based players Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Alhassan Ibrahim, Stephen Odey and Sikiru Olatubosun and backroom staff to Paris on 22 May, from where they will travel to Corsica.
The Super Eagles are scheduled to face the autonomous French region Corsica at the Stade Francois Coty in Ajaccio from 8pm on Friday, 26 May; and then travel to Paris for the game against the Hawks of Togo at the Stade Municipal de Saint Leu La Foret, Paris on Thursday, 1 June 2, from 7.30pm.
The 2013 African champions will face South Africa in the opening match of Group E of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying race at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on 10 June.
Gernot Rohr has called up Belgium –based forward Henry Onyekuru in place of Austria Wien FC poacher Olanrewaju Kayode, who is being held back by club engagement.
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Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal)
Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); William Ekong (KAA Gent, Belgium); Uche Agbo (CF Granada, Spain); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Gijon, Spain); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal)
Midfielders: 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); Stephen Odey (MFM FC); Henry Onyekuru (KAS Eupen, Belgium); Isaac Success (Watford FC, England); Noah Serenren-Bazee (Hannover 96, Germany); Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg FC, Germany); Sikiru Olatubosun (MFM FC)
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Ola Aina (Chelsea FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England).