Chukwueze In, Osimehn Out as Super Eagles Face Ronaldo’s Portugal

Latest arrival Samuel Chukwueze of Spanish side Villarreal FC has completed the list of invited Super Eagles squad camping in Lisbon ahead of tomorrow’s friendly against World Cup bound Portugal.

However Head Coach José Santos Peseiro will miss the services of red-hot striker Victor Osimehn of Napoli who pulled out of Thursday’s friendly because of injury.

Osimehn (L) and Chukwueze.

In his absence, the Eagles’ Portuguese manager can still boast of the full compliment of invited players as the three-time African champions Nigeria get set for what could be a fiery international friendly with Portugal in Lisbon on Thursday.

To shoulder the scoring burden in the absence of the Italian League’s top scorer Osimehn are on-fire Belgium-based Onuachu, the nifty Dessers, dependable Moses Simon, France-based Moffi and the Italy-based winger Lookman.

Other players in camp are goalkeepers Francis Uzoho, Maduka Okoye and Adebayo Adeleye, defenders William Ekong, Chidozie Awaziem, Kevin Akpoguma, Calvin Bassey, Tyronne Ebuehi, Bruno Onyemaechi, Bright Osayi-Samuel and Ebube Duru, as well as midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Frank Onyeka, Alex Iwobi and Joseph Ayodele-Aribo.

Thursday’s encounter at the 50,000 -capacity Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon is the first-ever full international between both countries, and it promises fireworks with Portugal heading to the FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar the following day and Nigeria eager to blood a crop of new frontliners after narrowly failing to make the trip to Qatar.

Portugal, 1966 FIFA World Cup bronze medallists and champions of Europe six years ago, will no doubt roll out their full arsenal, including five-time Ballon D’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo – unarguably one of the best to have played the game.    

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