The final 28-man Nigerian squad for the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations has been altered.

The changes were announced by the Nigeria Football Federation’s spokesperson, Ademola Olajire, in a statement released on Friday.

The substitution of Henry Onyekuru for Napoli forward Victor Osimhen was one of the most significant changes.

Also, the exclusion of Cyprus-based Abdullahi Shehu allowed for the return of Tyrone Ebuehi, who is now with Venezia in the Italian Serie A, and the return of England-based Oluwasemilogo Ajayi for the injured Leon Balogun.

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Emmanuel Dennis was replaced by Peter Olayinka, a forward from the Czech Republic.


Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus); John Noble (Enyimba FC); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa) are the goalkeepers (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Tyrone Ebuehi (Venezia (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)

Midfielders: Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Galsgow Rangers, Scotland); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Nwakali (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Nwakali (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Nwakali (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Nwakali (CSKA Moscow (SD Huesca, Spain)

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Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al-Shabab Riyadh, Saudi Arabia); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos FC, Greece); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria, Spain); Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin, Germany); Odion Jude Ighalo (Al-Shabab Riyadh, Saudi (SK Slavia Praha, Czech Republic)

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