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Izuchukwu Anthony: Spartak Trnava defender joins Nigeria camp after late call-up

 The Slovakia-based centre back has teamed up with Gernot Rohr’s squad in Austria after being handed a late invitation

Spartak Trnava’s Izuchukwu Anthony has earned a late call-up to the Nigeria senior national team for Friday’s international friendly against Cameroon.

The 23-year-old was invited to give coach Gernot Rohr options in the defence following injuries to regular faces.

They include Torino’s Ola Aina, West Bromwich Albion’s Semi Ajayi, FC Porto’s Zaidu Sanusi, Benfica’s Tyronne Ebuehi and Hoffenheim’s Kevin Akpoguma.

Anthony was part of the Nigeria U23 squad that failed to impress at the 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations staged in Egypt.

There, he featured in all games but Imama Amapakabo’s men failed to get past the group stage – which ultimately cost them a place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

In the 2020-21 campaign, he featured in 18 league games as Michal Gasparik’s men finished in fourth place having accrued 35 points from 22 points.

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