In a setback for the Nigerian national football team, the Super Eagles, two key players, Victor Osimhen and Kelechi Iheanacho, have been ruled out of their international friendly match against Mozambique.
The decision to sideline these star players comes on the heels of unfortunate circumstances, affecting Nigeria's preparations for encounters.
Osimhen's injury woes: Napoli hitman forced out of Super Eagles' camp
Victor Osimhen, the Napoli striker renowned for his goal-scoring prowess, sustained an injury during Nigeria's intense 2-2 draw against the Green Falcons of Saudi Arabia.
The injury forced Osimhen to be substituted in the 55th minute of the match.
Following the game, the 24-year-old underwent a thorough medical scan to assess the extent of his injury.
As a precautionary measure and based on the advice of the medical team, Osimhen will miss the upcoming friendly match.
This news is certainly disappointing for the Super Eagles, who were looking to rely on Osimhen's attacking prowess.
Iheanacho's absence: Leicester City striker sidelined due to personal issue
Kelechi Iheanacho, the Leicester City striker, is another notable absence in Nigeria's lineup for the upcoming friendly match.
Iheanacho, who had previously showcased his skills by scoring a fantastic goal in the 2-2 draw against Saudi Arabia, will miss this game due to personal reasons.
The 27-year-old has already returned to his base in England, leaving a void in the Super Eagles' attacking options.
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Opportunity knocks for rising stars as the Super Eagles faces Mozambique
The encounter between the Super Eagles and Mozambique, known as the Mambas, is highly anticipated.
This friendly match is pivotal in fine-tuning the Nigerian squad ahead of crucial competitive fixtures.
The match is scheduled to take place at the Estadio Municipal de Albufeira, Portugal, on Monday, with kickoff at 4 pm Nigeria time.
While the absence of Osimhen and Iheanacho may pose a challenge for Nigeria, it also provides an opportunity for other talented players to step up and make their mark.
As fans eagerly await the kickoff, the Super Eagles will look to overcome these setbacks and put on an impressive performance in the upcoming friendly game against Mozambique.
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