Nigeria’s Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has named replacements for Chelsea and Watford forwards, Victor Moses and Isaac Success, who are injured and would be unavailable for the Super Eagles’ crunch encounter with Zambia in Ndola on Sunday.
Chelsea’s Moses and Watford’s former junior international Success had been called up as part of Nigeria’s squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Match Day 1 tie against the Chipolopolo.
The Nigeria Football Federation however received letters over the weekend saying Moses had hamstring trouble (adduced as reason for his being substituted in Chelsea’s match against Hull City).
The letter also said that Success, who scored for Watford in their 2-2 draw at home to Bournemouthon Saturday, had a knock and was finding it difficult to walk.
Rohr has now called up NPFL stars Godwin Obaje and Chisom Egbuchulam to take the places of the two injured players.
Obaje, on the books of Wikki Tourists of Bauchi, finished the just –ended Nigeria Professional Football League season as top scorer with 18 goals.
His goals steered the Bauchi darling team to a third place finish that has earned it a slot in next year’s CAF Confederation Cup competition.
Enugu Rangers’ skillful forward, Egbuchulam, finished just behind Obaje with 15 goals, including a hat-trick as the Flying Antelopes concluded a triumphant season with a 4-0 home win over El-Kanemi Warriors on Sunday, lifting the League diadem for the first time in 32 players.
The clash between the Super Eagles and the Chipolopolo will start at 2.30pm Zambia time (1.30pm Nigeria) on Sunday.