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AFCON 2021: CAF blocked replacement for Odion Ighalo

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Super Eagles interim coach, Austin Eguavoen, has claimed the Confederation of African Football (CAF) blocked him from calling up a replacement for Odion Ighalo.

Eguavoen has revealed he considered inviting ex-Golden Eaglets star Akinkunmi Amoo to replace Ighalo.

Ighalo was included in the 28-man squad to AFCON but had to drop out after his club Al-Shabab blocked him from linking up with his colleagues.

It is a similar situation to that of Watford attacker, Emmanuel Dennis, who also had to drop out after the Premier League club denied him the opportunity to travel.

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However, while Eguavoen was able to call up a replacement for Dennis, he could not invite a new player as a replacement for Ighalo.

“We wanted to call up Silas Nwankwo or Akinwunmi Amoo to replace Ighalo, but CAF insisted that we can’t because the change isn’t injury-enforced,” Eguavoen told the media on Thursday.

The Super Eagles begin their AFCON campaign against Egypt next Tuesday.

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