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Iwuala replaces Sadiq Umar for Super Eagles' Afcon qualifiers

Enyimba’s Anayo Iwuala is the replacement for Almeria forward Sadiq Umar for Nigeria’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers later this month.

Umar was part of Gernot Rohr’s 24-man squad that was named to face the Republic of Benin and Lesotho for the qualifiers.

The Super Eagles will play Squirrels at Stade Charles de Gaulle in Porto Novo on March 27 before facing the Crocodiles three days later at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

Umar has been delivering spectacular performances for Almeria this season, scoring 14 goals and providing five assists in 26 league games. His great form earned him his first call-up to the senior national team, having previously starred for the West African’s U23 side.

Unfortunately, Almeria have revealed the centre-forward will not be allowed to honour the invitation, explaining the necessary Covid-19 protocol to enable him to play for the Super Eagles has not been followed.

”Due to the pandemic crisis that we are experiencing and thoroughly evaluating all the impacts, we believe that the sanitary, security or bureaucratic conditions are not met, so that our player Sadiq Umar presents himself to the call-up of the Nigerian national team,” read a statement from the club.

“Therefore, based on article 3.1b of Annex 1 of FIFA RSTP, we have notified the player not to appear at the aforementioned call.”

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