Gift Orban, who has been playing at a high level for Gent, will get his first Super Eagles call-up
KAA Gent forward, Gift Orban, will reportedly get his first call-up for the senior national team of Nigeria, who will compete in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying games in June and September, Soccernet.ng understands.
The Nigerian superstar, who is presently the talk of Belgium, initially turned down the call-up to compete for the Olympic Eagles in March.
The Nigerian striker is believed to have been identified in Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro’s roster to play Sierra Leone in June, and São Tomé and Príncipe in September following a successful tour of Belgium.
The Gent forward has been on fire for the Buffaloes, notching 19 goals in all 19 of his team’s outings, most notably a hat-trick against Cercle Brugge.
The 20-year-old’s performance has caught the attention of the former Sporting CP manager, who would be adding him to the roster for the remaining AFCON qualifying games, according to a recent report by OGN Nigeria.
The former Stabaek Fotbal player was previously invited to join the national squad, and he reportedly explained why he declined the offer the first time. However, this time, he would have a second opportunity to join the Nigerian national team.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria, who defeated Guinea Bissau in the last leg of their most recent doubleheader match, will be looking to defeat Sao Tome and Principe and Sierra Leone with ease.