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AFCON: Eguavoen Names Two Replacement For Ighalo

Super Eagles interim boss, Austin Eguavoen has said either Hammarby winger, Akinkunmi Amoo or Silas Nwankwo of Nasarawa United will replace Odion Ighalo in the squad for Cameroon 2022.

He said this will happen if the Confederation of African Football permits late changes to squads.

Eguavoen said the Super Eagles and NFF have been trying to convince CAF, which only allows late changes on health grounds, to allow a space for Ighalo’s replacement.

He told NFF TV on Thursday evening, “Yes. We spoke, we exchanged text messages and from his response he’s doing everything possible to come and I thought of replacing him, I gave a deadline,” when asked if he had spoken to Ighalo.

“I tried to bring in either the boy from Nasarawa United, Silas Nwankwo. He’s a good player no doubt because he is a striker and also Akinkunmi Amoo but he’s not a striker but again he can play off strikers.

“I thought of replacing Ighalo with any of them but what they are saying is that CAF allows that only based on injury, health reasons, that’s the only way you can replace players.”

He said the NNF has not stopped making efforts towards that and added that all hope is not lost in Ighalo honouring the invitation as “the young man Odion is also doing his best from there, hopefully we get a positive answer.”

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