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Rangers striker called up to replace Osimhen for South Africa, Benin games

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Rangers striker called up to replace Osimhen for South Africa, Benin games

Napoli forward, Victor Osimhen has been ruled out of the Super Eagles forthcoming 2026 World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and the Benin Republic.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in a post on its X account on Tuesday, announced that the 25-year-old will miss the encounters after suffering an injury.

NFF said the striker will be out for four weeks, and Kenneth Igboke, Enugu Rangers’ left-back, has been called up as a replacement.

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The Super Eagles will play South Africa at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, on June 7 before flying to Abidjan to tackle Benin Republic at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny three days later.

On May 24, George Finidi, the team’s head coach, released a 23-man squad for the games.

Maduka Okoye returned after a lengthy hiatus from the team. He last played for the Eagles in the 1-0 loss to Tunisia in the second round of the AFCON held in Cameroon in 2022.

While Remo Stars’ Sadiq Ismael got his first call-up as the only out-field home-based player in the team.

 

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