Nigeria call up winger Ejike Uzoenyi for World Cup

Defender Elderson Echiejil injured in game against Greece

Ejike Uzoenyi has been called up by Nigeria after an injury to Elderson Echiejile. Photograph:  Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Ejike Uzoenyi has been called up by Nigeria after an injury to Elderson Echiejile. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Tue, Jun 10, 2014, 16:43

Nigeria have called up Ejike Uzoenyi as replacement for injured defender Elderson Echiejile who was forced out of the World Cup after tearing a hamstring last week, the Nigerian Football Federation said on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old winger was voted best player at January’s African Nations Championship, the bi-annual tournament for home-based players only where Nigeria finished third.

He was among seven players cut from the squad last week when coach Stephen Keshi named his final 23-man list for the tournament in Brazil, where Nigeria play Argentina, Bosnia and Iran in Group F.

Monaco full back Echiejile limped off before half-time during Nigeria’s warm-up game against Greece in Philadelphia last week.

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