Onyekuru Replaces Injured Ighalo for South Africa clash

Onyekuru Replaces Injured Ighalo for South Africa clash

On-loan Galatasaray forward Henry Onyekuru has been called up as a replacement for Odion Ighalo who was forced off with an injury in Wednesday’s CSL game.

Nigeria has invited Henry Onyekuru to replace injured Odion Ighalo ahead of their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Africa.


The three-time African champions will also face the Cranes of Uganda in a friendly encounter at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on November 20.


Ighalo sustained a hamstring injury in his club Changchun Yatai’s Chinese Super League clash against Tianjin Quanjin on Wednesday.


He was replaced in the 17th minute of the encounter by Lasse Vibe and will now be sidelined for up to five weeks.
Ighalo will also miss Changchun Yatai’s last league match of the season against Dalian Yifang, a big loss to the club who are fighting to escape the drop.


The former Watford striker has scored six goals in his last three appearances for Nigeria and has contributed 21 goals for Changchun Yatai in the CSL this season.


Ighalo’s blow doubles the worry for coach Gernot Rohr ahead of the west Africans’ trip to the FNB Stadium on November 17 after losing the first-choice goalkeeper Francis Uzoho to injury earlier in the week.


Nigeria sits at the summit of Group E and will hope to extend their winning run when they meet Bafana Bafana. They face Uganda in a friendly game at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on November 20.

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