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Defender Kalu Orji fit for Sudan

Kalu Orji Okagbue of Nigeria Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Defender Kalu Orji trained fully with the rest of the Nigeria squad on Tuesday, providing welcome relief to coach Salisu Yusuf as he prepares his team for Wednesday's African Nations Championship semi-final against Sudan.

His return should come as welcome relief to Yusuf, who has already lost Sunday Faleye after the forward suffered an elbow injury in the 2-1 win over Angola.

Orji was stretchered off after just 13 minutes of that same game when he landed awkwardly on his ankle, sparking fears his tournament could be done, or that he might miss at least one game.

But team officials have told KweséESPN that Orji has been cleared by the medical staff to play and his full participation at training was proof of that.

The Rangers defender has formed a formidable defensive partnership with Stephen Eze in the Nigerian team, conceding just two goals in their four matches so far, one of which was an own goal, given away by Orji's replacement, Timothy Danladi.