Local Football regulator, Nigeria Football Federation, in the absence of a substantive coach, on Tuesday announced a list of 23 players invited to prosecute the Afcon qualifiers against Congo and South Africa.
Hull City offensive player Sone Aluko, Elderson Echiejile, Nnamdi Oduamadi, Nosa Igiebor and Chinedu Obasi have all been recalled to the national team after failing to make the World Cup roster.
An analysis of the squad list revealed that 3 goalkeepers, 7 defenders, 6 midfielders and 7 attackers are expected to train with the squad in Calabar at the start of September.
Also, five home based players – Agbim, Egwuekwe, Odunlami, Salami and Ighodaro – have been summoned for the games.
Fenerbahce defender Joseph Yobo and Peter Odemwingie of Stoke City were not invited after both dropped hints that they would love to retire from the national team post World Cup.
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United, Nigeria)
Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Monaco FC, France); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor FC, Turkey); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough FC, England); Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria)
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Ramon Azeez (Almeria FC, Spain); Joel Obi (Inter Milan, Italy); Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain); Omatsone Aluko (Hull City, England)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey); Chinedu Obasi (Schalke 04, Germany); Uche Nwofor (Heerenveen FC, Netherlands); Nnamdi Oduamadi (AS Varese 1910, Italy); Gbolahan Salami (Warri Wolves); Christian Osaguona (Enugu Rangers)
– All Nigeria Soccer
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