Stoke City midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo has withdrawn from the Super Eagles squad ahead of Sunday’s international friendly against Brazil at the National Stadium in Singapore,
The Potters number eight was sighted in Lagos on Wednesday, fueling speculation that he was set to miss the friendly against the South Americans and this has been confirmed by the Nigeria Football Federation via a press release, without stating the reason why he pulled out of the game.
The NFF and manager Gernot Rohr have opted not to call up replacements for Etebo and Torino defender Ola Aina.
CSKA Sofia’s Viv Solomon-Otabor and Benfica’s Tyronne Ebuehi were handed late invitations following the unavailability of Samuel Kalu and Kenneth Omeruo as a result of injury.
Twenty-one players trained on Thursday morning under the guidance of Rohr and two workouts will be held on Friday.
The official training session will take place on Saturday, with the match scheduled to kick off at 1300 hours Nigeria time on Sunday.
Super Eagles 21-Man Squad For Brazil Friendly
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Omonia FC, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Emil Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)
Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Tyronne Ebuehi (SL Benfica, Portugal); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England)
Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Anderson Esiti (PAOK Salonica, Greece); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain)
Forwards: Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Efosa Solomon-Otabor (PFC CSKA Sofia, Bulgaria); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge, Belgium); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)