Nigeria’s Super Eagles Coach Confirms Osimhen, Chukwueze Will Miss Upcoming World Cup Qualifiers


Jose Peseiro, the head coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, has officially confirmed that two key players, Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze, will be unavailable for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

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Nigeria is gearing up to embark on its journey for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, with crucial matches against Lesotho and Zimbabwe slated for November.

The Super Eagles will kickstart their campaign by hosting the Lesotho national team, known as the Crocodiles, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo on November 16. Subsequently, they will travel to face the Warriors of Zimbabwe three days later.

However, ahead of these crucial fixtures, Coach Jose Peseiro revealed that both Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze will not be included in the squad. The decision stems from the desire to avoid any risks associated with their injuries.

Peseiro stated, “Samuel Chukwueze and Victor Osimhen will not be called up during the next break; we want to avoid any risks.” He also expressed his sympathy for the players’ injuries and emphasized the importance of collaboration with the clubs that employ these players, acknowledging the clubs’ financial investments in their talents.

The absence of Osimhen and Chukwueze will undoubtedly be felt, as they are two significant contributors to the Super Eagles attack.

Their exclusion from the upcoming matches is a precautionary measure to ensure their full recovery and long-term availability for the national team.

Super Eagles fans will await Coach Peseiro’s squad announcement for the FIFA World Cup qualification matches, as Nigeria seeks to make a strong start on the path to the 2026 World Cup, even without these two influential talents.

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