Kayode Olanrewaju has revealed he informed the head coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr on his unavailability for the team’s friendlies against Corsica and Togo in France.
Olanrewaju received a call-up to join up with 24 other invitees for the test games to be played on May 26 in Ajaccio with the national team of Corsica and the second game in Paris against the Sparrow Hawks of Togo on June 1.
But the striker will miss both games because of club engagement with his Austrian side FK Austria Wien and has since been replaced with Eupen’s Henry Onyekuru.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Communication Department disclosed the latest development on Thursday.
Austria Wien have three Austrian Football Bundesliga games remaining and can clinch a Europa League spot with the Ibadan-born 24-year-old leading the attack.
Olanrewaju, who is his club’s leading scorer with 23 goals and seven assists in all competitions, rues missing international games with Nigeria but reveals that he’s needed “badly” by his club.
“It pains to miss this chance with the national team, but my club needs me badly,” the former ASEC MImosa striker said.
“We have a Europa ticket to fight for and it’s important for every player to be available and focused.”