Super Eagles: Emenike, Omeruo Out of Mandela Challenge

Super Eagles: Emenike, Omeruo Out of Mandela Challenge

Super Eagles: Emenike, Omeruo Out of Mandela Challenge

The Super Eagles' coach, Stephen Keshi, has excused striker Emmanuel Emenike and defender Kenneth Omeruo from his squad; the two players will not take part in the August 14 Nelson Mandela Challenge between the Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana in Durban, South Africa.

Emenike is being allowed time to settle with his new club Fenerbache, while Omeruo is out on the account of the shoulder injury he suffered during FIFA Confederations Cup. He was said to have suffered a relapse and the fast rising centre back is receiving attention from Chelsea doctors.

Eagles' Media Officer, Ben Alaiya, has yesterday quoted Team's Administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor, as saying that Emenike opted out of the encounter in other to quickly settle down at his new club, Fenerbache.

"He may have been at the club before but he is highly valued in Turkey and he has requested that he be allowed to settle well at the club and the technical crew has obliged him," Achor said.

In their places, Free State Stars of South Africa ace Gege Soriola and Chippa United's James Okwuosa, also based in South Africa, have been called up as replacements.

Team technical crew said they took the decision to call up two central defenders because there are enough options upfront for the encounter against Bafana Bafana next Wednesday.

"We also need to start grooming new defenders who are promising for upcoming challenges and we found the two players invited thus far very promising," Keshi said.

Keshi added that Emenike in particular has a lot of hurdles to cross at his new club and the management of the national team have to oblige him.

"We will need him in the World Cup qualifier but he has a lot of things to do at his new club and we must give him that opportunity. But I must say we are in good contact and we are happy with the way things are going with our top players in the transfer market," he said.

The Super Eagles will fly out tomorrow evening to South Africa for the encounter against Bafana Bafana on Wednesday.

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