SUPER EAGLES

Finidi nominates red-hot striker to replace Osimhen against Algeria

The Super Eagles are without Osimhen and Umar Sadiq but Finidi believes six (6) goals in eight (8) games is enough to guarantee a starting place

Terem Moffi and Kelechi Iheanacho (Instagram/Terem Moffi)

Super Eagles assistant coach George Finidi has weighed in on the striker crisis facing the Super Eagles senior team ahead of their friendly against Algeria.

The Nigerian national team has called up 25 players for the international friendly against the Desert Foxes of Algeria billed to hold on Tuesday, September 27.

However, the Super Eagles are without first-choice strikers Victor Osimhen and Umar Sadiq for the fixture, with both players, ruled out of the Algeria clash through injury.

In place of the Napoli and Real Sociedad forwards, Super Eagles manager Jose Peseiro has Nottingham Forest striker Taiwo Awoniyi and Lorient forward Terem Moffi battling for a starting spot.

Ahead of the match, Finidi has thrown his weight behind Moffi to lead the line for the Super Eagles in place of first-choice striker Victor Osimhen.

As reported by PUNCH Sports Extra, Finidi said: "Moffi has to do what he has to do to make it into the starting team. Osimhen definitely, is the first choice once he’s back. He will take his place in the team but we have other players that are pushing him but Osimhen is always Osimhen."

The Enyimba manager acknowledged that there are other players like Awoniyi and Cremonese striker Cyriel Dessers who are also competing for the striker role in the team.

"There are other players that have other qualities that can make up for his absence, so we will see how it goes," Finidi explained.

Moffi is currently the third-highest goalscorer in the French Ligue 1 for the 2022/23 season, having scored six (6) goals in eight games for Lorient behind only Paris Saint-Germain duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe who have scored eight (8) and seven (7) goals respectively.

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