The 33rd Africa Cup of Nations 2022 kicks off this week and while many of the finest players in the African game today will be strutting their stuff on the main stage, there are some notable absentees for the big tournament.
Here we look at the best Nigerian players who will not be playing in Cameroon.
1. Victor Osimhen
The Napoli ace is out due to Covid-19. Osimhen was Super Eagles’ top scorer at the AFCON Qualifiers with 6 goals. The Super Eagles will miss the determined striker who scores goals with ease.
2. Oghenekaro Etebo
Watford playmaker Etebo will soon recover from injury – but it wasn’t enough for him to battle back into Nigeria’s midfield-heavy 28-man squad.
Etebo was brilliant for Super Eagles at 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 Cup of Nations.
3. Innocent Bonke
Another talented Footballer that won’t be at the showpiece. Malmo’s Bonke has not been picked by Eguavoen and will not be adding to his 1 cap in Cameroon. He can do well to earn a move to maybe Spain or France at the January transfer window.
4. Isaac Success
Despite being rejuvenated at Udinese, former youth international Success wasn’t considered for selection by the Eagles technical crew. He is enjoying a fine spell in Italy and should be on the radar at World Cup Qualifiers.
5. David Okereke
Venezia goal-machine David Okereke will not be able to showcase the skills which have seen him catch the eye of big clubs.
6. Paul Onuachu
Now 27, it appears the Genk striking wizard will be robbed of the chance of appearing in his second major tournament injury denied him. Onuachu was tipped to be a key figure in Cameroon.
7. Kingsley Michael
The box-to-box midfielder will be gutted that his exclusion was caused by injury. He hasn’t been lucky with fitness.
8. Leon Balogun
The former Mainz central defender was not able to recover from injury that he suffered playing for Rangers.
9. Emmanuel Dennis
When your in-form striker doesn’t get involved at a tournament, it sounds frustrating. Watford decided not to release Emmanuel Dennis for the competition despite being fit. It sounds funny.