Valentine Ozornwafor has been called up for Nigeria’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone and the Dodos of Mauritius.
Ozornwafor, 22, will link up with the team in Abuja when they return from the United States of America.
Belgian Pro League club Sporting Charleroi confirmed the centre-back’s Invitation for the qualifiers.
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“Our African internationals will play several qualifying matches for the next African Cup of Nations,” reads a statement on the club’s official website.
“Valentine Ozornwafor, selected with Nigeria, will face Sierra Leone before traveling to Mauritius.”
The defender has been capped once at the senior level by Nigeria.
The former Enyimba player was first called up to the full side in March 2019, for a friendly game against Seychelles and Egypt, but was only an unused substitute.
Ozornwafor debuted with Nigeria in a 1–0 friendly loss to the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in June 2021.
The former Almeria star has also represented Nigeria at the U-20 level. He featured at the 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations and the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Ozornwafor has also played for the Nigeria U-23 team in the past.
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The Super Eagles will open their AFCON 2023 qualifying campaign against Sierra Leone at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja on June 9.
Jose Peseiro’s side will face Mauritius four days later in St Pierre.
By Adeboye Amosu
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