AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Suffer Another Injury Blow As Midfielder Joins Iheanacho on Injured List

AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Suffer Another Injury Blow As Midfielder Joins Iheanacho on Injured List

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • The African Cup of Nations is set to begin in the coming weeks
  • The Super Eagles of Nigeria are currently plagued with injuries
  • Another key midfielder has recently suffered another injury

The African Cup of Nations (AFCON) is set to herald the football scenes across the continent in the coming weeks.

A host of teams will be slugging it out in Ivory Coast in what will be the 34th edition of the biennial football tournament.

Amongst the teams favoured to leave their mark and possibly clinch the title are Nigeria’s Super Eagles.

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Kelechi Iheanacho reacts to an injury while in action for Nigeria. Image: Pius Utomi.
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The three-time Nations Cup winners are highly tipped to go all the way, largely due to the array of attacking talents posed by the team.

While it appears that the Super Eagles look poised to go all the way, it seems like the ultimate leveller in football — injuries are ravaging Jose Peseiro’s team.

Just days after it was confirmed forward Kelechi Iheanacho had suffered a muscular injury that could possibly hamper him from partaking at the AFCON, a report of another midfielder suffering another injury as emerged.

Super Eagles midfielder injured

According to reports from BBC journalist Owynn Palmer-Atkin, Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi sustained an injury a few weeks before the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ndidi missed the Foxes Sky Bet Championship 4-1 home win against Huddersfield Town at the King Power Stadium.

Taking to social media, Palmer-Atkin posted:

“Enzo Maresca tells me that Wilfred Ndidi has picked up an injury. That’s why he was absent today.”
“Both Ndidi and Iheanacho are set to join up with Nigeria tomorrow. Enzo stressed that neither are currently fit enough to play.”

This injury report adds to the concerns already faced by the Super Eagles, particularly regarding defensive vulnerabilities.

Despite the worries, Super Eagles fans remain optimistic that Ndidi will recover in time for the tournament's first match against Equatorial Guinea on January 14.

Super Eagles goalkeeper makes impressive debut

Sports Brief in a previous report highlighted that Super Eagles goalkeeper Maduka Okoye made an impressive debut in Udinese’s three-nil victory against highflying Bologna.

The 24-year-old was on hand to hand Gabriele Cioffi’s side their first victory since November.

The former Watford shot-stopper was omitted from the final 25-man list released by coach Jose Peseiro.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).