Esiti replaces Ndidi as Rohr includes Idowu for Nigeria’s clash against Ukraine

Anderson Esiti - Gent, 2019
The Super Eagles boss strengthened his squad to 24 players ahead of next month's international outing

Gernot Rohr has added Lokomotiv Moscow left-back Brian Idowu to his initial 23-man squad for Nigeria’s friendly match against Ukraine on September 10.

Idowu’s recall comes nine months after his last international outing against Uganda at Stephen Keshi Stadium.

Despite playing in all of the Super Eagles’ games at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia, the 27-year-old was not included in the 23-man team at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt where Nigeria won the bronze medal.

Rohr has also replaced injured Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi with PAOK’s Anderson Esiti who last played for the country in 2016.

Ndidi picked up a hamstring injury in training last week and missed Leicester City’s 2-1 victory over Sheffield United on Saturday.

Nigeria are scheduled to battle Ukraine during next month's international break at Dnipro Arena.

"Coach Gernot Rohr has called up PAOK of Greece midfielder Anderson Esiti as replacement for injured Wilfried Ndidi. Brian Idowu has also been added to the list to make it 24 players for the Ukraine friendly,” the statement read.

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