Nigerian League top scorer ruled out of Egypt friendly

Hatem Maher, Saturday 31 Mar 2012

Mustapha Babadidi, a 16-year-old forward, ruled out of Nigeria’s friendly game against Egypt due to injury

Mustapha Babadidi

Nigeria’s promising striker Mustapha Babadidi will miss the Super Eagles’ friendly game against Egypt next month after picking up an injury.

The 16-year-old, who plays for Gombe United, was initially included in Nigeria’s 26-man squad for the game. However, he said on Saturday he would not be able to play after colliding with Enugu Rangers goalkeeper during a league game on 21 March.

“I have been injured since our 2-1 victory over Enugu Rangers. It's painful that I'll miss the friendly since I'm not fit. I was excited when my name was listed for the match,” Babadidi, who has scored ten goals this season, told

“However, I hope to work hard for another invitation after completing my rehabilitation.”

Nigeria’s squad includes several new faces, including Gbolahan Salami, Nura Mohammed (Enyimba), goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland), Ahmed Adesope (3SC) and Shehu Maija'ma (Wikki Tourists).

Nigeria and Egypt will meet on 12 April in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates as both sides prepare for the World Cup and African Nations Cup qualifying campaigns.

Nigeria’s squad:

Goalkeepers:Chigozie Agbim (Warri Wolves), Okemute Odah (Sharks), Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland)

Defenders:Juwon Oshaniwa (Sharks FC), Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars), Azubuike Egwueke (Warri Wolves), Papa Idris (Kano Pillars), Ahmed Adesope (3SC), Shehu Maija'ma (Wikki Tourists), Uzochukwu Ogonna (Enugu Rangers), Nura Mohammed (Enyimba)

Midfielders:Bartholomew Ibenegbu (Heartland), Izu Azuka (Sunshine Stars), Uche Ossai (Warri Wolves), Reuben Gabriel (Kano Pillars), Jabason Solomon (Akwa United), Hassan Hussein(Dolphin)

Strikers:Obinna Nwachukwu (Heartland), Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers), Sunday Mba (Warri Wolves), Henry Uche (Enyimba), Barnabas Imenger Jnr (Kwara United), Gbolahan Salami (Enyimba), Lawal Mohammed (Ranch Bees), Uche Kalu (Enyimba)

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