FC Porto youngster Chidera Eze will not be involved in the Flying Eagles final AYC qualifier against Lesotho as he has been listed for pre-season with his Portuguese club.
A top official of Nigeria U20 team said the forward has recovered from a hamstring injury, which he suffered in the team’s AYC qualifier at home against Tanzania, but he will not be available against Lesotho.
“Eze is ruled out of the qualifiers against Lesotho as he will be involved with his club in pre-season training,” disclosed the team official.
Nigeria host Lesotho on August 16 in a first leg clash with the return match a fortnight later in Maseru.
Eze came in as a substitute and scored in 5-1 win to take the Flying Eagles through to the final round of qualifiers against Lesotho, who eliminated Angola.
Eze is one several players promoted from the country’s U17 team, who won a record fourth FIFA U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last year.