Orlando Pirates star defender Olisa Ndah was set to face Cristiano Ronaldo after being called up by Nigeria for their friendly match against World Cup-bound Portugal but had to be withdrawn due injury.
Ndah has been in fine form for Pirates, playing every minute as the Soweto giants went on to win the MTN8 trophy last weekend against AmaZulu in Durban.
The 24-year-old defender has also featured in 12 league matches for Pirates this season, a key member of the back-three that has been used by coach Jose Riveiro since he took over.
However, he missed both matches in the Carling Black Label Cup over the weekend, due to unspecified reasons. It has now been confirmed that Ndah is injured and will not be able his Nigeria call-up.
Ndah was part of Nigeria’s squad that lost in the quarter finals in the AFCON in Cameroon early this year to Tunisia.
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The Pirates defender featured only 14 minutes in the competition, coming in late in the game against Guinea Bissau in the last group stage match where they won 2-0.
Nigeria, who just like South Africa is not going to the World Cup, will face Portugal as they prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers that will resume in March next year home away matches against Guinea Bissau.