The injury caused Real Sociedad striker Omar Sadiq to be excluded from the “Premier Eagles” squad in the African Cup of Nations scheduled for Saturday, January 13, until February 11 in Ivory Coast, according to what the Nigerian Football Federation announced on Friday.
The Nigerian Federation confirmed that Omar (26 years old) injured his knee during the friendly international match that the Nigerian team lost to its Guinean counterpart 0-2 on Sunday.
The player, who scored two goals and made one assist in 17 matches with his team, practiced away from the group in a training session on Tuesday.
The Federation explained that Paul Onuachu, the Turkish Trabzonspor striker, was summoned instead.
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This is the third blow for Nigeria, which is seeking its fourth title in the continental tournament, before the start of the Ivory Coast edition, after Wilfred Ndidi, the English midfielder for Leicester City, and Victor Boniface, the German striker for Bayer Leverkusen, were injured at the beginning of this month.
Royal Antwerp's Belgian midfielder Alhassan Youssef and French Nice striker Terem Moffi were summoned to replace them.
The new substitute, Onuachu (29 years old), played 15 matches in the Turkish League this season, scoring 9 goals with 3 assists, and he has 19 international matches and 3 goals.
Nigeria plays in Group A, which includes host Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea Bissau.