Nigeria has extended invitations to Benfica’s Tyronne Ebuehi and CSKA Sofia’s Viv Solomon-Otabor for October’s friendly against Brazil in Singapore.
The pair have been named as replacements for Kenneth Omeruo and Samuel Kalu respectively, both of whom were initially named in a 23-man squad by Gernot Rohr, but who have now had to excuse themselves on injury grounds.
For Omeruo, it will be a second consecutive international window out, as the Leganes defender missed September’s 2-2 draw against Ukraine. Kalu, left out by French side Bordeaux at the weekend as a precaution, is nursing a thigh injury, and will be unable to reprise his starring role in Dnipro against the five-time world champions.
This means a recall for Ebuehi, who has not played for Nigeria since the World Cup, and has himself only come off a long lay-off since injuring his anterior cruciate ligaments last summer.
Solomon-Otabor, on his part, earns his first ever call-up to the national team. The CSKA Sofia winger has yet to hit the ground running in Bulgaria this season since joining on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract with English Championship side Birmingham. So far this term, he has failed to score, but has one assist to his name.
The Super Eagles will face Brazil on October 13.