Nigeria Vs Portugal: Victor Osimhen, Ndah Out, Cyriel Dessers, Awaziem In

Nigeria Vs Portugal: Victor Osimhen, Ndah Out, Cyriel Dessers, Awaziem In

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By Amaechi Agbo

Napoli of Italy striker, Victor Osimhen and South Africa Premier League defender, Olisah Ndah will both miss Nigeria Vs Portugal friendly match on Thursday due to injuries.

However, Chigozie Awaziem and Cyril Dessers have been drafted in to take their place.

It would be the second consecutive Super Eagles match Osimhen after failing to feature in their last outing against the Desert Foxes of Algeria.

The 23-year-old sustained an injury in Napoli’s 3-2 home win against Udinese on Saturday.

The forward opened scoring for the Partenopei in the thrilling encounter.

Centre-back Ndah has also been ruled out of the encounter with injury.

The Orlando Pirates of South Africa defender was hoping to make his first appearance for the Super Eagles since the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Head coach, Jose Peseiro has already called up Cyriel Dessers and Chidozie Awaziem as replacements for the duo.

“Update Portugal V Nigeria friendly: Chidozie Awaziem replaces injured Olisa Ndah
While Cyriel Dessers replaces injured Victor Osimhen,” reads a tweet on the NFF’s Twitter handle.

Thursday ‘s friendly will hold at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon. Kick off is 7.45pm Nigeria time.

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