Super Eagles and Galatasaray forward Henry Onyekuru have replaced injured striker Odion Ighalo for an upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against South Africa due injury.
Ighalo, who plays for Chinese club Changchun Yatai, is the leading scorer in the Africa Cup qualifiers with six goals.
Media Officer of the team, Toyin Ibitoye believes that missing a key player like Ighalo is a massive blow for the team.He however expressed optimism that the newly invited players will raise to the occasion.
“It’s a massive blow to be without a player who has scored six goals in the last three matches for the Eagles”So it’s a big challenge to fill this role, but we have a lot of options in this regard and it is left for the other players to rise to the occasion”. Ibitoye said.
Group E leaders Nigeria face second-placed Bafana Bafana on November 17 at the FNB Stadium.