Odion Ighalo injury scare for Nigeria ahead of AFCON qualifier with South Africa

Odion Ighalo is an injury concern for Nigeria ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with South Africa after the striker was taken off on a stretcher during Changtun Yatai’s game with Tianjin Quanjian on Wednesday.

Changchun Yatai captain, Odion Ighalo (l), contests for the ball with a Tianjin Quanjian player

The forward, Nigeria’s top scorer in the qualifiers, was substituted after 17 minutes during the Chinese Super League game after suffering a suspected hamstring injury.

He is a doubt for the Bafana Bafana game on November 17, and Changchun Yatai — who are in danger of losing their top-flight status — await a scan to determine the extent of the injury.

First-choice goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has been ruled out of the game after picking a knock during Elche’s 5-1 loss at Cadiz in Laliga 2 on Sunday.

Enyimba’s Theophilus Afelokhai was called up on Tuesday to replace the 19-year-old.

Yatai are hoping Ighalo will shake off the injury in time for Sunday’s final-day clash at fellow relegation-battlers, Dalian Yifang.

The Chinese Super League season will end on Sunday, but a winner emerged on Wednesday.

Shanghai SIPG ended Guangzhou Evergrande’s seven-year grip on the Chinese title, as they were declared champions after a 2-1 win against Beijing Renhe•


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