Nigeria: Onuachu Picked to Replace Osimhen for Algeria, Tunisia Friendlies


KRC Genk’s forward, Paul Onuachu, has been picked to replace Victor Osimhen in Nigeria’s squad for this week’s international friendlies against Algeria and Tunisia in Austria.

The official Super Eagles Twitter handle announced Onuachu’s late call up yesterday morning without giving details why the new Napoli player was replaced.

“@victorosimhen9 has been excused from @NGSuperEagles’ games against Algeria and Tunisia. His replacement is Paul Onuachu. #Team9jaStrong #SoarSuperEagles ,” reads a tweet on the official Twitter handle of the NFF.

The lanky forward who scored in his debut for Super Eagles against Egypt in an international friendly in Asaba has been in super form, emerging player of the month of September in the Belgian Jupiler league.

After he was overlooked in some of Nigeria’s games last year due to his indifferent showing at last year’s AFCON in Egypt, Onuachu has bounced back to top reckoning with seven goals in six league matches for Genk in the Belgian top flight this season.

The spike in Covid-19 cases across Europe has been tipped for why the NFF may have excused Osimhen from the international friendlies in Austria.

Napoli stars Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas tested positive for Covid-19 following the side’s 6-0 win against Genoa penultimate Sunday.

The entire Napoli squad, including Osimhen are self-isolating for 14 days to guide against the spread of the virus.

Napoli however could not get their fixture with Juventus yesterday postponed despite their scary Covid-19 situation.