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After missing 13 Super Eagles’ matches in a row, Maduka Okoye owes his recall to war in Israel



Maduka Okoye may have his taste of action in the Super Eagles for the first time 20 months since an understrength Tunisia shocked Nigeria out of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Garoua, Cameroon.

Since that encounter in which the Super Eagles lost 1-0, Okoye, a goalkeeper had been out of the team which has had a series of 13 matches.

He was an unused substitute in the 4-0 defeat of Super Eagles by Portugal last year November.

His recall, it was gathered, is occasioned by the inability of Adebayo Adeleye to leave Israel following the war that broke out in the region at the weekend when the Palestine Hamas, launched a surprise attack on Israel and the latter following up with reprisal attack.

Adeleye is a goalkeeper with Hapoel Jerusalem. Uefa has put on hold all international fixtures involving Israel. That proved pivotal to Maduka, the goalkeeper with Italy’s Udinese who was hitherto overlooked by Jose Peseiro.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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