– Ujpest FC star, Vincent Onovo, has been called up to replace William Troost-Ekong for Cameroon friendly
– The Super Eagles assistant captain pulled out after picking up an injury in the first game over the weekend in Austria
– Onovo will now be hoping he can feature in the game against the Indomitable Lions to impress the technical crew of the team
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Nigeria’s technical adviser Gernot Rohr has handed Hungary-based football star Vincent Onovo his maiden senior team call-up.
The 25-year-old midfielder who currently plays for Ujpest FC will replace assistant captain William Troost-Ekong for the friendly game against Cameroon on Tuesday, June 8.
Ekong withdrew from the second game with the Indomitable Lions after picking up an injury in their earlier fixture last weekend.
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Onovo earned Rohr earned Rohr’s invitation after scoring once and assisting another goal in 35 appearances in the Hungarian Premier League in the 2020-21 season.
He joined the club in 2018 after spending just one season at Finland’s top-flight side HJK Helsinki between 2016 and 2017.
It is however unsure how the German-born tactician plans to the midfielder in the centre-back position in a direct replacement for the Watford star.
Valentine Ozornwafor took over from Ekong for the remainder of the game a few days back and could be getting the green light from the coach to start the game this time while the new boy might be asked to watch how it is done at the national team level.
Meanwhile, Cameroon will be hoping to beat Nigeria again when they meet this week having beaten them 1-0 in their earlier fixture last weekend.
What Gernot Rohr said about Super Eagles defeat to Cameroon
. earlier reported that Super Eagles technical adviser Gernot Rohr was excited with his players despite their 1-0 defeat to African rivals Cameroon in an international friendly played in Austria earlier this weekend.
Andre Anguissa’s lone goal from about 30 yards out in the 37th minute ensured the Indomitable Lions avenged their AFCON 2019 defeat to Nigeria.
But the German-born coach believes the result was meaningless compared to the impact the game had on his players.