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Who are the Super Eagles stars sidelined for the friendly games vs Ghana and Mali

As the Super Eagles of Nigeria gear up for forthcoming friendly matches against Ghana and Mali, they encounter a significant setback with the absence of several key players due to injuries.

The Nigerian team, aiming to sustain the momentum gained from their successful 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign, will sorely miss the contributions of these sidelined players in the upcoming fixtures.



Victor Osimhen

Victor Osimhen, renowned for his stellar performances as a striker, will miss the upcoming matches due to ongoing fitness issues. Despite his impactful role in Nigeria’s AFCON triumph, Osimhen’s battle with injuries hampers his availability for the upcoming games.

Taiwo Awoniyi

Nottingham Forest forward Taiwo Awoniyi, who recently returned from a prolonged injury hiatus, faces another setback as he’s ruled out of the squad due to injury. His absence disappoints both the player and the team, who had hoped to leverage his talents on the field.

Victor Boniface

Bayer Leverkusen’s Victor Boniface, striving to regain match fitness, will also be absent from the upcoming friendly encounters despite efforts to recover in time.

Tyronne Ebuehi

Defender Tyronne Ebuehi’s aspirations to feature in the matches were dashed after sustaining an injury during a league fixture for Empoli, sidelining him for the remainder of the season.

Paul Onuachu

Striker Paul Onuachu, known for his goal-scoring prowess, faces a period of absence from the pitch as he recuperates from a fracture on his arm sustained after his return to club duties post-AFCON.

Gabriel Osho

Luton Town defender Gabriel Osho’s injury concerns prevent his participation in the upcoming fixtures despite efforts to downplay the severity of his injury.

Zaidu Sanusi

FC Porto’s Zaidu Sanusi, who recently represented Nigeria at AFCON, will also miss out on the matches due to injury suffered in his first game back for his club.

William Troost-Ekong

Vice-captain William Troost-Ekong’s absence poses a challenge for the Super Eagles, as his leadership qualities and defensive prowess will be missed. Though he aims for a comeback later in the season after surgery, his absence presents a challenge for the team.

With these key players sidelined, the Super Eagles face a daunting task ahead. However, they will rely on the depth of their squad and the resilience of the remaining players to deliver competitive performances in the absence of their sidelined counterparts.

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