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AFCON 2023: Nigeria’s Yusuf Ruled out of Cote d’Ivoire clash

Alhassan Yusuf of the Super Eagles has been officially ruled out of Thursday’s pivotal AFCON 2023 match between Nigeria and the host nation, Cote d’Ivoire.

The Royal Antwerp star was forced to be replaced by Joe Aribo after his respectable Super Eagles debut against Equatorial Guinea last Sunday ended in a 1-1 draw.

Coach Jose Peserio announced Alhassan Yusuf’s absence from the team during the pre-match news conference on Wednesday before the team’s match against Cote d’Ivoire. However, he refuted rumors circulating that the player might not play in the remaining AFCON 2023 games.

“Yusuf is out but he may be back for our last group game,” Peseiro told journalists in Abidjan.

Yusuf, who was a late replacement for Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi has emerged as a worthy addition to the Nigeria national team. Yusuf reflected on his bittersweet Super Eagles debut on Sunday.

He said: “I think I am happy with my performance but disappointed we didn’t win, I think we created a lot of chances but hopefully the goals will come in our next game.”

On his injury, he said, “I suffered a cramp, but I will see how it goes.”

With the Royal Antwerp star now ruled out of the game against the Elephants, he will hope to stage a return for the last group game against Guinea-Bissau on Monday.

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