Villarreal of Spain winger, Samuel Chukweuze has paid the prize for a recent downturn of fortunes with his La Liga outfit, as he has been left out of the latest list of Super Eagles’ invitees.
Chukwueze, who has surprisingly found the going tough since the return of his mentor, Javi Calleja to The Yellow Submarine’s saddle, played as a 75th minute substitute for Ramiro Funes Mori last weekend, but could not save his side from falling 2-1 at home against Deportivo Alaves.
However, the Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup gold medalist has apparently paid the prize for his lost spot in Villarreal’s starting 11, as he has been left out of the Eagles’ latest list by the coach, Gernot Rohr.
While Rohr has included Racing Charleoi of Belgium’s in-form striker, Victor Osimhen and FC Midtjyland of Denmark’s free-scoring attacker, Paul Onwuachu, who is Nigeria’s top scorer in Europe at present.
While Chukwueze is battling for game time in Spain, Osimhen is raining goals in Belgium and Onuachu has has picked up from where he left off last season, with 14 league goals to his name from 20 games and boasts 17 goals from 28 games in all competitions this season.
Rohr’s latest list of invitees also has Al-Nassr striker, Ahmed Musa and Bursaspor of Turkley defender, Shehu Abdullahi, who are both back from recent bouts with injuries, while two players that copped knocks at the weekend, Ola Aina from AS Torino of Italy and Oghenekaro Etebo from Stoke City of England have benefit of the doubt.
They will all link up for this month’s last qualification match for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations against Seychelles and friendly with Egypt, which will both taking place at Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State.
Joining Abdullahi and Aina in defence are Leganes of Spain stopper, Kenneth Omeruo, as well as Leon Aderemi Balogun from Brighton of England and William Troost-Ekong from Udinese of Italy.
Midfielders invited alongside Etebo are John Ugochukwu Ogu, Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi and Alex Iwobi, while the forward line will see Osimhen and Onuachu battle for spots alongside Musa, Odion Jude Ighalo, Henry Onyekuru, and Moses Simon, but Chukwueze is out.
The three time African champions confront Seychelles in a dead-rubber game on Friday, 22nd March, starting from 4pm, and then tackle Egypt at same venue in an international friendly four days later.
All invited players, alongside technical and backroom crew, are to report in the Delta State capital on Monday, 18th March.