Umar Aminu will not feature for Nigeria at this month’s U23 AFCON after his Turkish club Osmanlispor refused to release him for the competition which will produce Africa’s flag bearers at next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Aminu starred for Nigeria’s Dream Team VI at the recent All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville, where Nigeria finished third.
However, he suffered a knee injury at the AAG, which sidelined him for several weeks and this may well have informed his club not to release him for the forthcoming U23 championship in Senegal.
Already, the Portuguese club of Shehu Abdullahi have blocked the Eagles defender from the same competition because it is not on the FIFA international calendar.
Coach Samson Siasia will now have to make do with only four overseas-based pros for the tournament, which kicks off on November 28.


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