“I spoke with Osaze yesterday and he told me he did not feature for his club in their last game because he was injured and would not be fit in time for these games,” Keshi said. “So I decided to call up Jude Aneke.
“He is the highest goalscorer in the Nigerian League, and he has scored a record 20 goals which is impressive, so he deserves to be in the national team.”
Aneke set a new Premier League scoring record when he hit his 20th goal of the season last week.
The forward, who plays for unfashionable Kaduna United, is said to be headed for Belgian club Genk during the winter transfer window.