Super Eagles forwards, Emmanuel Dennis & Victor Osimhen have both been dropped from the AFCON squad only days to the start of the tournament.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have announced an updated list with Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis dropped. The Hornets reportedly denied Dennis from representing Nigeria in the AFCON tournament.
A statement from the NFF alleges the Premier League side were “baring fangs” in the matter of Dennis’s release. Watford head coach, Claudio Ranieri has since denied these claims.
Elsewhere and in Italy, Napoli’s Osimhen has also been ruled out from participating in the tournament, with his club side reporting that the striker has returned a positive Covid-19 test.
His latest coronavirus result, in addition to Napoli’s reluctance to let him play at the AFCON tournament led to the player sending an official letter to the NFF about his decision to withdraw from the squad.
Olympiakos winger Henry Onyekuru and Sparta Prague’s Peter Olayinka have both been given a late call up to replace Dennis and Osimhen, while one half of the Oyinbo defence Leon Balogun, and Shehu Abdullahi have also been replaced by West Brom’s Semi Ajayi and Tyronne Ebuehi who plays for Venezia at the Italian Serie A.
The Super Eagles will begin their campaign against the Pharaohs of Egypt on the 11th of January.
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