OGC Nice received unexpected news as their striker, Terem Moffi (24), secured a last-minute call-up to represent Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). This development dealt a blow to Nice, disrupting their plans for Moffi's involvement. Initially excluded from the AFCON roster, Moffi's inclusion resulted from an injury to Bayer Leverkusen's Victor Boniface, necessitating Les Aiglons to cope without him for an extended period.
Despite the call-up, Moffi's departure will be delayed until after Nice's Ligue 1 clash with Stade Rennais on Saturday night. This timing implies that Moffi may miss up to four matches for Nice if Nigeria advances to the later stages of the AFCON, which is set to take place in the Ivory Coast. The absence of Moffi presents a challenge for OGC Nice, particularly considering potential fixture clashes and the need for alternative strategies.
To mitigate Moffi's absence, OGC Nice has made a strategic signing in Mohamed Ali-Cho from Real Sociedad. The versatile France youth international adds depth and flexibility to the squad, capable of playing centrally or on the right. However, Nice will face limitations in their attacking options post the Rennes match, with Jérémie Boga also on AFCON duty and injuries to Sofiane Diop and Badredine Bouanani further narrowing choices for manager Francesco Farioli. The upcoming weeks pose a test for OGC Nice's squad depth and adaptability as they navigate through the challenges posed by international call-ups and injuries.