Nigeria’s manager Gernot Rohr won’t call up any replacements for Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina and William Troost Ekong, who all withdrew from the Super Eagles squad for their AFCON qualifier.
Iwobi is suffering from ‘flu and has not recovered after missing out at the weekend for the Arsenal game against Cardiff that saw Unai Emery’s men pick up their first away win of the season.
Speaking to Complete Sports Nigeria, an unnamed source told them, “No replacements will be called up as the timing is pretty too short, and besides those positions are well covered with the players in camp who could play in more than one role comfortably.”
Nigeria face the Seychelles at the Stade Linité in Victoria, Mahe, on Saturday in a qualifier for the 2019 AFCON that will be held in Cameroon. They lost their first game against South Africa 2-0 and will be hoping to fare better on the Seychelles’ artificial pitch.
Unlike previous iterations of the competition, the 2019 edition will be held in the summer instead of during January and February when it disrupted the domestic season.
The newly expanded tournament, that will now feature 24 teams instead of 16, will take place between 7 and 20 June 2019.
The average temperature in Douala, Cameroon in June is around 26c compared to 28c in January. February is the hottest month in the country, August the coldest and wettest, although there is not much difference in the temperature range throughout the year.