Nigeria Super Eagles suffer a major blow ahead of World Cup playoff against Ghana.
- Okoye is expected to miss the clash and has been replaced with Enyimba’s John Noble.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Super Eagles goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, will miss Nigeria’s FIFA 2022 World Cup playoff against the Black Stars of Ghana on Friday due to illness.
The Super Eagles made the statement via its Instagram account on Tuesday afternoon.
The post read: “Maduka Okoye out of the clash against Ghana due to illness, he has been replaced by Enyimba FC goalkeeper, John Noble. Get well soon Maduks! #soarsupereagles.”
Okoye who was among the players still being expected will now sit out the two-legged affair set for the Baba Yara Sports Stadium this Friday and the Moshood Abiola Stadium next week Tuesday.
The illness which was not disclosed means Okoye joins Leicester City duo of Ademola Lookman and Wilfred Ndidi on the ‘uncertain/unavailable list’. Lookman was absent at the weekend over fitness issues when the Foxes beat Brentford in the Premier League.
Okoye has, however, been replaced by Enyimba’s John Noble.
Ghana will host Nigeria on Friday in the World Cup qualifying first-leg tie at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.
The Super Eagles will then host Ghana in the return leg four days later at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
In a related development, the number of players in camp has risen to 20 with the arrival of Samuel Chukwueze and Zaidu Sanusi.
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