Ex Nigeria U23 and Spartak Trnava of Slovakia defender Izuchukwu Jude Anthony has been handed a late call up to the Super Eagles ahead of the friendly game against Cameroon on Friday.
Izuchukwu Jude took part in 25 matches for his team Spartak Trnava in the just concluded season .
Coach of the Nigerian team handed the 23 year old who made 14 appearances in the recently concluded season in Slovakian a chance following the withdrawal of key players which left the team short of options in defence.
His arrival which was announced by the official Twitter handle of the Super Eagles increased the number of players in the camp to 21 as the duo of Paul Onuachu and Ahmed Musa also arrived camp the last 24 hours.
Uzochukwu is not entirely new to the Nigerian set up as he was a part of the U23 team that prosecuted the Africa U23 Cup of Nations where Nigeria crashed out at the group stage and missed out on a spot at the Olympics.
Earlier these week , Nigeria senior team coach Gernot Rohr announced that Victor Osimhen, Simy Nwankwo and six other defenders are out of the friendly game against Cameroon amid injuries concerns.
“I don’t know if they can cancel, I only know that I have a maximum of 18 players. If the players from England, William (Troost-Ekong), Kelechi, Ndidi and Iwobi can come, then maybe we play but I have no substitutes and there is no chance to get other players,” Rohr told ESPN.
“But if they cannot play because they have to go into quarantine, then we cannot make it.
“I think they made this friendly in Austria to give us a good condition for preparation, but I see that it is difficult to motivate the players to come to Europe because some of the players are in Nigeria already. And they have to come back to Europe to play.
“My problem now is that I hope that we will have 18 players to arrive.
“We had nine defenders in the list. Six now are out,” he continued.
“They said they had some injuries and the doctors from the clubs said they need to rest because they have some pains. So we got some medical attestations from the teams.
“Ola Aina told me yesterday that his ankle is painful and he cannot make it and the club physio said he cannot play. Then we have (Kevin) Akpoguma, we knew already he is injured and cannot play.
“Victor Osimhen is injured. He sent us an attestation. The meniscus in his knee is painful.
“(Zaidu) Sanusi is injured. He was in Paris to see a doctor, for surgery perhaps but not for the moment. (Tyronne) Ebuehi sent us a message with a medical attestation that he cannot make it. And Semi Ajayi also says he has problems with his back and the Physio says he needs two weeks of rest.
“Simy Nwankwo also, they sent us attestation from his club that he cannot make it because he is injured.”
Rohr tried late calls for RB Salzburg’s Samson Tijani and Midjtylland midfielder Frank Onyeka, but both players are also not available.
He concluded, “I invited the player Tijani from Salzburg who has told me that he was injured in training yesterday… hamstring. And Frank Onyeka from Midjtylland, I called him but he cannot come either,”