One of the players in Stephen Keshi’s 30-man list for Brazil, goalkeeper Austin Ejide, suffered an injury in Hapoel Beer Sheva’s match in Israeli league yesterday.
Ejide recently missed one game for Hapoel due to minor problems, but he has played four matches until suffering another injury yesterday. In the 52nd minute of the clash against Hapoel Tel Aviv, Ejide apparently injured his hip while trying to collect the ball and had to be substituted by Shlomi Ben Hamo.
Vincent Enyeama’s understudy in Super Eagles’ team was almost certain to go to Brazil, being widely regarded as Nigeria’s second choice between the posts, but now there’s a question mark over Ejide’s place in the 23-man World Cup squad as the extent of his injury is not known yet.
Ejide was replaced when his team were 1-0 up in Tel Aviv and Hapoel Beer Sheva eventually won the game 2-1, clinching runners-up spot in Israeli league with 2 games to go.
It’s the club’s best season since winning the domestic title in 1976 – a feat Ejide should be largely credited for, having conceded just 27 goals in 33 games.