Nigeria’s Samuel Kalu to miss-out on Egypt clash due to injury
The Super Eagles had already announced a 23-man squad to face Seychelles in their final AFCON 2019 qualification game before facing Egypt in a friendly.
However, Girondins de Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu, who was in the initial squad, had to be replaced by Ikouwem Udoh due to injury.
Kalu joined Les Girondins in August 2018 coming from Belgium giants KAA Gent. Since his move to France, he played 30 games across all competitions, scoring four times and providing four assists.
In addition, he had just earned his first call-up in September 2018 and has since represented his country on five occasions, managing to score once.
His replacement will be Nigeria U-21 captain and Enyimba left-back Ikouwem Udoh. The 19-year-old has just gone through some troubling family matter as his mother was recently kidnapped and held for a week until a ransom was paid.
Nigeria have already secured their place in the 2019 AFCON after topping their qualifying group with 10 points, one above second-placed South Africa.
Their last group game will be against Seychelles on March 22, before facing the Pharaohs on March 26 in a friendly game at home.
The last time Egypt faced Nigeria away from home was in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers. The Pharaohs managed to secure a last-gasp draw following a Mohamed Salah strike to go on and beat Nigeria 1-0 in Alexandria and qualify to the AFCON for the first time since 2010.
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