Ideye replaces Mikel

Nigeria have called up uncapped Brown Ideye to replace John Obi Mikel in their squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ after the Chelsea midfielder was ruled out of the tournament due to injury.

Brown, who plays for Sochaux in France, was one of the unlucky seven players to be dropped from the Super Eagles squad earlier this week when coach Lars Lagerback trimmed his list to 23.

Despite being yet to play for the Super Eagles at senior international level, Ideye has impressed during his time with the Under-20s, who he helped reach the quarter-final of the 2007 FIFA World Cup™ in Canada. The Nigerians wrap up their preparations for the finals with a friendly against North Korea in Johannesburg tomorrow.