Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has replaced goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama with El Kanemi Warriors first-choice keeper David Obiazor for the AFCON 2015 qualifiers against Congo DR and South Africa.
The Lille goaltender withdrew from the games to attend to family issues and Keshi has wasted no time in calling up the Nigeria Premier League player.
“We have been monitoring the Nigerian league and we see that the ‘keeper of El Kanemi is a talent; that is why we want to give him a trial. We will see how it turns out when he arrives camp,” Keshi said.
Nigeria host Congo on Saturday in Calabar and four days later they will be the guests of South Africa in Cape Town.
Meanwhile, Bundesliga side Schalke 04 are yet to release forward Chinedu Obasi for the games, claiming the player’s passport is held up by a Champions League registration.
But Super Eagles media officer Ben Alaiya said the federation will take the matter to FIFA.
“We have two matches on FIFA-approved dates. The country has the right to our player Chinedu Obasi for the games,” he told BBC.
“Fifa regulations say that a player must report to his national team once international call-up rules are duly respected. The team secretary has done the needful (by sending out the invite three weeks earlier) and we will report Schalke to FIFA for appropriate sanctions.”