Maduka Okoye has admitted Nigeria will miss the services of Super Eagles stars plying their trade in the Premier League when they trade tackles with Cape Verde in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier.
The UK Coronavirus travel restrictions ruled out players from the Premier League and Scotland from the trip to Cape Verde, which is on the Red List.
This means that two-goal hero Kelechi Iheanacho alongside, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Leon Balogun, William Ekong, Oghenekaro Etebo and Joe Aribo will all not be available in Cape Verde.
“We will miss them (the absentee players), but we have a big team and the other players can do the same,” Sparta Rotterdam shot-stopper Okoye said.
“We will prepare as a team very well.
“It will be a good match against a good opponent in Cape Verde.”
Meanwhile, Okoye was excited to keep a clean sheet against Liberia and for the Super Eagles to get off to a winning start in the World Cup qualifiers.
“It was a perfect way to start the qualifiers. We’re very happy we still performed under difficult conditions and to keep a clean sheet made it even better,” he summed up.