By Amaechi Agbo
Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has called up Henry Onyekuru to replace injured Samuel Kalu in the 24-man List for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho this month.
Kalu was injured in Bordeaux’s 3-1 win at Dijon on Sunday after just 16 minutes.
Bordeaux confirmed Kalu’s injury in a Tweet on their verified Twitter handle during the game.
Kalu was replaced just 16 minutes of the game by Nicolas de Preville.
However, Rohr has reportedly replaced him with Onyekuru who was on the standby list released last week.
“Galatasaray’s Henry Onyekuru will replace the injured Samuel Kalu in Super Eagles squad for this month’s #AFCON qualifiers,” former Super Eagles Media Officer, Collin Udoh said on Twitter Monday.
With Onyekuru replacing Kali, Gernot Rohr has once again left our Paul Onuachu, the highest goal Scorer in Europe currently but he is among the standby players named by Rohr for the Eagles’ matches.
Onuachu scored his 27th goal of the season to help Genk secure a 2-1 victory over Anderlecht in Sunday’s Belgian Cup tie.
The centre-forward has been in blistering form for the Blue and White this season and against the Purple and White, he increased his tally.
The Nigeria international was handed his 31st appearance across all competitions this campaign and helped his side continue in their winning ways.
Super Eagles will battle Benin on March 27 and Lesotho three days later in their quest to reach the 2021 AFCON final in Cameroon.