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AFCON 2024: Injured Wilfred Ndidi replaced with Alhassan Yusuf

Posted : 04 January 2024

As the Super Eagles' strong room enforcer, Wilfred Ndidi, will not have a place in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2024 due to a muscular injury, Nigeria announced his replacement on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Leicester City midfielder was previously named in the Super Eagles' 25-man squad on December 29 but was absent from his club side's win over Huddersfield Town on Monday.

However, in his stead, the Royal Antwerp midfielder Alhassan Yusuf has been called up to replace him.

Although his colleague in Leicester, Kelechi Iheanacho, is expected to be fit enough and will be able to join the squad.

Super Eagles forward Iheanacho, 27, has missed the Foxes' past two games in the Championship with a muscle problem.

Nigeria begins their Group A campaign against Equatorial Guinea on January 14, and the West Africans will also face hosts Ivory Coast and Guinea-Bissau in the group stage.

Meanwhile, Rennes striker Amine Gouiri has withdrawn from Algeria's squad because of a knee injury.

The North Africans are yet to name a replacement for the 23-year-old, who made his debut for the Fennecs in October after switching his international allegiance from France.



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