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2026 WCQ: Super Eagles get double boost ahead of South Africa clash

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have been buoyed by positive injury news ahead of their 2026 World Cup qualifier against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.

This was possible as AC Milan winger Samuel Chukwueze and Boavista central defender Chidozie Awaziem have both been declared fit for the match, which will take place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Friday evening.

Chukwueze had overcome a hamstring injury only to sustain a minor knock in a recent training session.

However, the former Villarreal star has since recovered and is ready to play against South Africa.

On his part, Awaziem, who had been training separately due to discomfort, is also fit to play after overcoming a stomach upset.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles have been hit by the absence of key players such as Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon, Zaidu Sanusi, Ola Aina, and William Troost-Ekong.

Despite this, the team welcomes the return of Victor Boniface and Wilfred Ndidi.

Speaking at a pre-match press conference ahead of the match on Friday, Super Eagles coach Finidi George expressed confidence in the readiness of his squad.

He confirmed that Chukwueze and Awaziem are available for selection.

“All the players are ready. Chukwueze had a knock but trained properly yesterday, so he’s good to go. Chidozie had a stomach upset, but he’s fine now,” Finidi stated.

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