Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr yesterday in Lagos picked former Golden Eaglets’ Captain, Kelechi Nwakali, Everton youngster, Henry Onyekuru and four new players in the 24-man team he is preparing for next month’s African Nations Cup qualifier against Seychelles.
Also in the list released by the coach at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Surulere office yesterday are Semi Ajayi, who plays for Rotherham United in the English Championship, Samule Kalu of Bordeaux of France, Jamiu Collins of Paderborn in the German Bundesliga 2 and Blessijng Ekele, who plays for FC Luzern of Switzerland.
However, Ekele and former Golden Eaglets Captain, Musa Mohammed are on standby in the team, which will miss the service of Skipper John Obi Mikel, Simon Moses and Victor Moses.[email protected] list of invited players for #Afcon2019Qualifier vs #Seychelles next month #SoarSuperEagles #Team9jaStrong pic.twitter.com/b1OyPdCglU— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) August 24, 2018
Mikel begged to be excused from the squad because he is just recovering from injury, Victor Moses recently announced his retirement from the national team, while Simon Moses, according to Rohr, has suffered a recurrence of the injury that knocked him out of the World Cup.
THE FULL LIST
Francis Uzoho, Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa
Olaoluwa Aina, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Omeruo Kenneth, Semi Ajayi, Jamilu Collins
Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Ogu, Joel Obi, Kelechi Nwakali,
Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi, Simeon Nwankwo, Samuel Kalu, Henry Onyekuru
Uche Agbo, Stephen Eze, Musa Mohammed, Blessing Eleke.
Nigeria will travel to Seychelles for a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier September 7 in Victoria.
The list has three goalkeepers, eight defenders, six midfielders and seven forwards.
The coach explained that he decided to give China-based Odion Ighalo, who was a big flop in Russia, a chance to see if he could redeem himself in the team.
The three goalkeepers are those who made the final cut for the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia in the summer, including Francis Uzoho, Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa.