Tremendous Eagles’ coach Gernot Rohr on Tuesday listed midfielder Mikel John Obi, Ahmed Musa and 23 others in a 25-man squad to arrange for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Egypt.
An announcement issued by the Director of Communications, Nigeria Soccer Federation (NFF), Ademola Olajire, stated that six different gamers had been placed on standby.
The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) experiences that Obi, who captained the workforce on the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia final summer season, had not been with the group since Nigeria’s elimination from the finals after a 1-2 defeat by Argentina in Saint Petersburg.
Nevertheless, a latest assembly with Coach Rohr in the UK sealed his return to the three –time African champions, with the opportunity of including to his 85 worldwide caps.
Rohr has largely stored religion with the Trojans who earned a ticket to the AFCON finals with a match to spare.
”Goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, defenders Leon Balogun and William Ekong, midfielders Oghenekaro Etebo and Wilfred Ndidi and forwards Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi and Moses Simon are additionally on the roll-call.
”He has placed on standby six gamers, amongst them defenders Ikouwem Utin and Valentine Ozornwafor who’ve additionally been named in Nigeria’s last 21 for the FIFA U20 World Cup beginning in Poland subsequent week.
”The Franco-German tactician defined that he has included the 2 gamers realizing the FIFA U20 World Cup will finish on June 15, six days earlier than the primary match shall be performed on the AFCON.
”2018 FIFA World Cup defender Bryan Idowu can also be on standby, alongside Portugal –based mostly Mikel Agu and Egypt –based mostly Junior Ajayi, and residential –based mostly goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai
All invited gamers and officers are to report on the Golden Tulip Resort, Asaba, on Sunday, 2ndJune, forward of the pleasant with the Warriors of Zimbabwe on the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Saturday, eighth June,” the NFF official stated.
He added that the workforce will depart for Egypt on Sunday, June 9, aboard a chartered plane, for the ultimate coaching camp within the metropolis of Ismailia and sort out Africa’s primary –ranked workforce, Senegal of their last pre-AFCON pleasant on Sunday, June 16.
NAN experiences that Nigeria has been drawn in Group B with Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar within the match holding from June 21 to July 19
Full record of gamers
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)
Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United, England)
Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Middlesbrough FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester Metropolis, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke Metropolis FC, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Royal Charleroi SC, Belgium); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China); Alexander Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester Metropolis, England); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain)
Six On Standby: Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba FC); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal); Junior Ajayi (Al Ahly, Egypt); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba FC).