West Ham United of England forward Victor Moses has pulled out of the fast approaching friendly engagements of the Super Eagles against the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroun.
Moses, in a letter to the Nigeria Football Federation through the Super Eagles’ Administrator, Enebi Achor, said he was pulling out in a precautionary move against injury.
Earlier, Turkey –based defender Kenneth Omeruo was ruled out of the double header in Belgium this week owing to injury.
Eagles’ Head Coach Sunday Oliseh, while regretting this setback, assured that the team has enough good quality options to fill the gaps left by both players.
“We have no choice now but to work with the other players who are available,”Oliseh said.
“The fact that the other batch of players from home were not issued their visas last week is also setting us back because we would really want to take advantage of the time to put in a lot of work.”
Moses was a member of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations -winning squad and also played for Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.
Meanwhile, reports from Turkish club Kasimpasa suggest Kenneth Omeruo will be out for just two weeks, allaying fears in certain quarters that the injury could keep the defender out for a long time.
Omeruo is therefore expected to be back in the Super Eagles group in November for Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture against the winner of the Djibouti/Swaziland first round fixture.
The Super Eagles play the Leopards of Democratic Republic of Congo in Vise, Liege on Thursday, October 8 and will then confront Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions in Dendermonde on Sunday, October 11.