31 October 2017
Thanks to the hamstring injury Chelsea’s Victor Moses picked up in his club’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace, the Nigerian winger has been omitted from Super Eagles 24-man list to face Algeria in its last World Cup Qualifier and the friendly match against Argentina four days later in Russia.
While Moses served as the high profile omission, team captain Mikel John Obi, forward Ahmed Musa and midfielder Ogenyi Onazi top the list of the 24 players.
Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, invited three new players for next week’s games.
Goalkeepers Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi made the cut, as well as usual faces in defence, Abdullahi Shehu, Leon Balogun and William Ekong. Midfielders also included familia faces like Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo and forwards Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi and Odion Ighalo.
There is a first call for impressive Deportivo La Coruna of Spain safe hands, Francis Uzoho, as well as former U17 World Cup winner, Chidiebere Nwakali. Russia-based Brian Idowu has been placed on standby only for the friendly with Argentina.
AFCON 2013 winner, Kenneth Omeruo is on standby for both matches, alongside former junior international, Alhassan Ibrahim, who now plays in Austria.
All invited players are expected to arrive in a camp in Morocco on Monday, 6th November, before the delegation flies to Constantine on Thursday, 9th November.
On Saturday, 11th November, a 45-seater chartered aircraft will fly the Super Eagles from Constantine to Krasnodar, the Russian city that will host the international friendly against Argentina on Tuesday, 14th November.
Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain).
Defenders: William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England).
Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidiebere Nwakali (Sogndal FC, Norway).
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Chang Chun-Yatai, China); Henry Onyekuru (RSC Anderlecht, Belgium); Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel).
Standby: Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey); Alhassan Ibrahim (FK Austria Wien, Austria); Brian Idowu (FC Amkar Perm, Russia).