SAO PAULO, June 10 (Reuters) - Nigeria have called up Ejike Uzoenyi as replacement for injured defender Elderson Echiejile who was forced out of the World Cup after tearing a hamstring last week, the Nigerian Football Federation said on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old winger was voted best player at January s African Nations Championship, the bi-annual tournament for home-based players only where Nigeria finished third.
He was among seven players cut from the squad last week when coach Stephen Keshi named his final 23-man list for the tournament in Brazil, where Nigeria play Argentina, Bosnia and Iran in the group stage.
Monaco full back Echiejile limped off before halftime during Nigeria s warm-up game against Greece in Philadelphia last week. (Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Ed Osmond; email@example.com; +27 82 8257807; Reuters Messaging: firstname.lastname@example.org; To sign up for our Global Sports Forum chatroom, click on https://forms.thomsonreuters.com/global_sports_forum)