The performance of the Super Eagles in Cameroon was not impressive and so many questions were raised by fans due to some players’ absence.
The notable one was the Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen who had a facial injury in December.
The attack had new faces like Sadiq Umar, Taiwo Awoniyi, and Peter Olayinka. Between these three strikers, only 2 goals were scored in 4 matches. A big hole at AFCON.
Fast forward to March, the team is looking like a new team with the return of the old players plus the introduction of new faces.
Victor Osimhen and Odion Ighalo returned to the team after missing out at AFCON.
Ademola Lookman got his first call up after nationalizing to a Nigerian.
Emmanuel Dennis was finally released by Watford after they refused to release him for AFCON.
Ogenekaro Etebo returned to the team after missing out due to injury.
Innocent Bonke replaced Ndidi after the latter missed out due to injury.
Leon Balogun and Shehu Abdullahi returned to the team after they missed out through injuries.
Calvin Bassey also returned to the team because of the new technical crew.
Akin Amoo after moving to Copenhagen and with the lack of creative midfielder, he was rewarded with a call up.
That means 10 new faces in the team from the team at AFCON 2021.