President, Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Ibrahim Gusau believes Alhassan Yusuf is a quality replacement for injured Leicester City star, Wilfred Ndidi.
Ndidi is ruled out of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations with injury.
Head coach Jose Peseiro has called up Yusuf as his replacement.
It’s the first time the Royal Antwerp midfielder will be involved with the Super Eagles.
Despite his lack of experience at the international level, Gusau has backed the 23-year-old to fill in for Ndidi at the AFCON.
“I don’t have any tension because I know we played a lot of matches without Ndidi and we won a lot of matches without Ndidi. We played a lot of matches with Ndidi and lost unexpectedly so it’s not about Ndidi, it’s about the national team of Nigeria,” Gusau told Totori News.
“The young boy that was brought in now, Yusuf is also doing wonderfully well with his team. When they played against Barcelona, you can see the performance he put on in the win against Barcelona in the Champions League.”