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World Cup qualifier: Ighalo Out

Odion Ighalo
Posted: Sep 23, 2016 at 1:46 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Watford striker Odion Ighalo has been excused from Nigeria’s World Cup qualifier in Zambia to attend his father’s funeral, but club team-mate Isaac Success has been handed a first call-up.

Ighalo will bury his late father in Nigeria on October 8, a day before the away clash in Ndola.

Skipper John Obi Mikel, his deputy Ahmed Musa and in–form Manchester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho are all in the 23–man squad, as Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr keeps faith largely in the players who defeated Tanzania 1-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier early this month.

But Rohr has also added young Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi, defender Kenneth Omeruo of Alanyaspor in Turkey and Belgium–based midfielder Anderson Esiti.

Also in the squad is Moses Simon, after the KAA Gent striker gave assurances to Rohr that he will be fit after injury.

The players are expected to start arriving in Abuja from October 2.