Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo is not losing sleep over the emergence of Semi Ajayi as his replacement.
Omeruo missed the Super Eagles’ last two matches against Ukraine and Brazil due to visa hitches and injury respectively, and in his absence, West Bromwich Albion centre-back, Ajayi paired William Troost-Ekong in the heart of the defence and put a solid performance in both games.
Omeruo, who is now back to the team for their two fixtures against Benin and Lesotho, says competition is healthy in the squad.
“It is good for the team – to have more quality players in the squad. Competition is good and I welcome that,” Omeruo told reporters at Tuesday’s pre-match press conference in Uyo.
“He [Ajayi] is doing well in his club side, so playing against Ukraine and Brazil does not mean he is a threat to me. It shows that every player is important in the team and a replacement is always available.
"I think it is a good development to have more than one or two players in a position.”
Nigeria plays Benin on Wednesday before travelling to face Lesotho.