Technical director, Nigeria Football Federation, Augustine Eguavoen has confirmed the absence of Heartland FC goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa from the Mexico friendly match this weekend.
The Captain of the home based Super Eagles squad was tipped to be in goal for the game against the CONCACAF Gold Cup holders inside the 77,500 capacity LA Coliseum but has been ruled out due to injury.
Speaking with the Super Eagles media team before departure, Eguavoen revealed: “Ezenwa came to camp without problems at all but after the third training session, he complained about his ankle and the medical team managed him well. The next day he came out and that same evening, he couldn’t even walk.
“The leg was swollen and up to Tuesday evening, we were still trying to see how far we could go (with him). He was taken to the hospital for a scan and the goodnews is that there’s no fracture. It’s just one of the tissues in the ligament that has been touched.
“He has not trained for the past two days. He is out (of the friendly against Mexico) and I will speak to him later in the day. He should just take it in good faith. Other opportunities will present themselves (in future). So, he is out of the trip.”
Nigeria and Mexico will be meeting for the sixth time on Saturday, having previously played out four draws with the only defeat for the Super Eagles coming during the US Gold Cup on 24th June 1995.