Onyekuru, Olayinka, Ebuehi, Ajayi To Replace Quartet
Following a combination of factors including a Covid 19 positive case, injuries and administrative hitches, the quartet of Victor Osimhen, Emmanuel Dennis, Shehu Abdullahi and Leon Balogun have been omitted from Nigeria’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations squad.
In a revised list sent to the Confederation of African Football, CAF on Friday, the players have been replaced by Henry Onyekuru, Peter Olayinka, Tyrone Ebuehi and Semi Ajayi.
Serie A side Napoli were threatening to press for demands against the Nigeria Football Federation for the positive Coronavirus case of striker Victor Osimhen who only recently returned to training in the aftermath of a serous facial injury.
The duo of Leon Balogun and Shehu Abdullahi were excluded on deadline for the submission of final squad list due to injury worries while Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis failed to make the cut as his relegation threatened side claimed his invitation letter from the Nigeria Football Federation did not come as and when due.
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Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.