CHAN 2014: Three Nigerian players to miss Ghana clash to injuries

Stephen Keshi
Late Stephen Keshi

Gbolahan Salami, Benjamin Francis and Ikenna Paul will miss the clash.

The Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, has confirmed that three key players will miss the semi-final match against Nigeria’s all time rivals, Ghana.

Keshi announced this at a pre-match press briefing on Tuesday.

Keshi said Gbolahan Salami, Benjamin Francis and Ikenna Paul will not play against Ghana; as all three are recuperating from injuries.

“As of today I have three players that are not fit for tomorrow’s game. We have 23 players, three are out, 20 available for selection, and 11 will start so the available ones should do the business,” he said.

Salami is nursing a thigh injury, defender Benjamin Francis suffered a knee injury, and Ikenna Paul, who has resumed training with the rest of the squad, is not fully recovered from a hamstring injury.

Sunshine Stars right back, Solomon Kwambe, has returned from suspension and is expected to reclaim his place in the starting 11, while Bright Esieme could return to left back as cover for Francis.

Shehu Abdullahi from Kano Pillars would keep his place in midfield.

The match comes up at 7:30 p.m. Nigerian time on Wednesday.

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