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AFCON: NFF seeks Ighalo’s replacement as Al Shabab plays hard ball

Nigeria’s campaign at the forth coming Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon is again experiencing some hitches following reports that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has reportedly contacted Hammarby IF winger, Amoo Akinkunmi, Salernitana forward, Simy Nwankwo and Udinese forward, Isaac Success as possible replacement for Odion Ighalo.

It will be noted that Saudi Arabia ‘s Al Shabab may not release Ighalo as he is the club ‘s highest goals scorer on 10 goals from 14 games this season and has helped the club stabilized and are second on the log with the prospect of a shot at the title.

Al Shabab of Saudi have refused to honour the request of the NFF inviting Ighalo for Nigeria at the 2021 African Nations Cup which commences on January 9 through to February 6.

Meanwhile, Ighalo’s efforts to convince the club to allow him team up with the Super Eagles in Abuja had met the brick wall. The Super Eagles technical crew thus proactively contacted the trio of Amoo Akinkunmi, Simmy Nwankwo and Isaac Success as one of them will be a possible replacement for Ighalo.

If the Saudi Arabia outfit succeed in denying Ighalo the opportunity to play at the AFCON, then he will be the third player that have been stopped by their clubs to play for Nigeria in Cameroon. Italian Serie A side, SSC Napoli and English Premier club Watford had stopped Victor Osimhen and Emmanuel Dennis from joining the Super Eagles.

Super Eagles are billed to leave Nigeria for Cameroon – venue of 2021 African Nations Cup on Wednesday January 5.

The three-time African champions will lock horns with Egypt on January 11 before taking on Sudan and Guinea Bissau on January 15 and 19 respectively.

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