Nigeria's Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro, has issued a late call-up to OGC Nice striker Terem Moffi to replace the injured Victor Boniface in the squad heading to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Bayer Leverkusen star Victor Boniface withdrew from the Super Eagles squad due to a muscular injury that is expected to keep him sidelined for at least one month.

Terem Moffi's inclusion is subject to approval from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the Nigeria Football Federation has highlighted the necessity for Moffi to receive clearance from OGC Nice before joining the national team.

According to CAF's regulations, a player in the final squad can only be replaced after a serious injury, provided the request is made no less than 24 hours before the team's first match.

Moffi's surprise omission from Nigeria's initial 25-man squad had raised eyebrows, given his regular inclusion in the Super Eagles' lineup under coach Jose Peseiro.

Terem Moffi, who made his international debut in a friendly against Cameroon in June 2021, has accumulated 13 appearances for the national team, scoring four goals.

The 22-year-old striker has been a notable figure in the French Ligue 1, showcasing his goal-scoring prowess with 46 goals in 119 matches and contributing 12 assists.

Nigeria is placed in Group A for the AFCON, with their opening match scheduled against Equatorial Guinea on Sunday.

The AFCON 2023 tournament is set to kick off on Saturday, January 13, and will conclude on February 11, 2024, in Ivory Coast.