Super Eagles Coach mulls Moffi and Yusuf to fill void for injured Iheanacho and Ndidi

Super Eagles Coach mulls Moffi and Yusuf to fill void for injured Iheanacho and Ndidi
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Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro, is actively exploring alternatives for the upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) as key players Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi are nursing injuries.

The Portuguese manager is considering inviting Terem Moffi and Alhassan Yusuf to bolster the squad‘s attacking and midfield options.

Leicester City manager, Enzo Maresca, confirmed on Monday, January 1, that both Iheanacho and Ndidi are currently dealing with injuries, throwing a wrench into Nigeria's AFCON preparations.

With less than two weeks remaining before the tournament kicks off in Ivory Coast on January 13, Peseiro faces a challenging task in reshaping his squad.

Alhassan Yusuf, a midfielder plying his trade with Belgian First Division A club Royal Antwerp, has caught the eye of Peseiro. Known for his strong presence in the middle of the park, Yusuf could be a valuable asset to fill the void left by the injured Ndidi.

Terem Moffi, the forward from Ligue 1 club Nice, is another name on Peseiro's radar.

With a knack for finding the back of the net, Moffi's inclusion could provide the attacking spark needed in the absence of Iheanacho.

In accordance with the AFCON regulations, a player can only be replaced in the squad after suffering a serious injury no less than 24 hours before the team's first match, pending approval from the CAF Medical Committee.

Super Eagles head coach Jose Peseiro
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Super Eagles camp and schedule

The Super Eagles‘ training camp for the AFCON 2023 will kick off in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, today, January 2, and will run until January 9.

Following this, the team will travel to Lagos on January 9 before departing for Ivory Coast on January 10, a day before their opening match.

Peseiro's men have been drawn into Group A alongside hosts Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau.

They are set to kick off their AFCON campaign against Equatorial Guinea on January 14, as they aim to secure their fourth AFCON title.

The potential inclusion of Moffi and Yusuf adds an element of excitement and depth to the Super Eagles' quest for success in the tournament.

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago

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