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Nigerian World Cup Qualifiers Hit by Player Absences Amidst Labour Strike

Posted : 04 June 2024

Atalanta forward Ademola Lookman is among the eight players who are unable to join Nigeria's training camp for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifying fixtures due to logistical challenges. Despite their arrival in Nigeria, the players, including goalkeeper Maduka Okoye and outfield stars like Alex Iwobi and Paul Onuachu, are stranded outside the team camp in Uyo due to the ongoing Nigeria Labour Congress strike disrupting domestic flights, according to Super Eagles media officer Promise Efoghe.


The strike was initiated after unsuccessful negotiations between Nigeria's organized labour and the government regarding a raise in the federal monthly minimum wage. This unfortunate situation has left head coach Finidi George with a significant headache as he prepares his team for the crucial fixture against South Africa. The absence of key players, coupled with the withdrawals of Victor Osimhen and Nathan Tella, presents a challenge for the Super Eagles.


With Osimhen sidelined due to injury for four weeks and Tella citing family reasons for his withdrawal, replacements Kenneth Igbokwe and Ibrahim Olawoyin have been drafted into the squad. Meanwhile, the remaining 15 players in the squad commenced their training at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, striving to overcome these setbacks and focus on the upcoming matches.


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