AFCON 2023: Alhassan Yusuf replaces Ndidi, 17 players arrive in Nigeria camp

AFCON 2023: Alhassan Yusuf replaces Ndidi, 17 players arrive in Nigeria camp

Royal Antwerp midfielder Alhassan Youssouf has replaced Leicester City's Wilfried Ndidi in Nigeria's squad for the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.

Nigeria's Super Eagles media representative Babafemi Raji made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

“Injury update: Alhassan Yusuf replaces Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho still hopes to join the squad before AFCON starts,” Raji said.

Leicester manager Enzo Maresca has confirmed that Ndidi and Iheanacho will join Nigeria's camp ahead of the 2023 AFCON.

Iheanacho's participation in the AFCON, which will be held in Ivory Coast from January 13, was in doubt after the Leicester striker sustained a muscular injury.

Maresca also revealed on Monday night that Ndidi was in the treatment room along with his national teammate Iheanacho.

Ndidi missed Leicester's 4-1 win over Huddersfield Town at the King Power Stadium on New Year's Day.

Iheanacho also missed the championship game due to a muscular injury.

Meanwhile, 17 players have arrived at the Super Eagles camp in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), in preparation for AFCON.

Raji confirmed this while giving an update on his players in camp as coach Jose Peceiro looks to get his team back into shape.

“Musa, Omeruo, Simon, Ojo, Iwobi, Semi, Aina, Bassey and Lookman are in camp,” Raji said.

“The others are Aribo, Onyeka, Bruno, Awaziem, Zaidu, Boniface, Onyedika and Osai Bright. Training starts tonight.”


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