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Has Fanendo Adi Been Called Up to the Nigerian Men's National Team? Yes He Has

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UPDATE: Yes. He has. Fanendo Adi tweeted earlier this morning that he had been called up to the Nigerian Men's National Team, confirming's report.


According to a report from, Fanendo Adi is being called up for Nigeria's upcoming African Cup of Nations Qualifier on March 25th. Adi, who was Goal's 2015 Nigerian Player of the Year, has represented the Super Eagles at the U23 level, but has not yet been capped for Nigeria's first team.

If this rumor is true, Adi might not miss out on any matches with the Timbers as Nigeria's two upcoming matches fall on March 25th and March 29th as they play group leaders Egypt home and away. The Timbers play on March 19th at home against Real Salt Lake, then have a bye week before traveling to Florida to face Orlando City SC on April 3rd.

According to the report, Adi's inclusion was spurred by a coaching change for Nigeria as interim coach Samson Siasia took over for Sunday Oliseh, who resigned late last month.

Adi would not be the first Timbers striker to get a call up to the Super Eagles: Bright Dike was called up by Nigeria for a pair of caps in 2012 and 2013, scoring against Catalonia, before injuries forced him out of the side.