Super Eagles technical adviser Gernot Rohr on Monday made known his list of 24 players he has selected to play Algeria in a World Cup qualification match in November as well as the highly anticipated friendly with Argentina in Krasnodar.
Captain John Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa topped the list of invited players, but there were surprised call-ups for former Nigeria U17 World Cup winner Chidiebere Nwakali and 18-year old Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Francis Uzoho.
As reported earlier, Francis Uzoho replaces Plateau United’s Dele Ajiboye in Rohr’s list of goalkeepers.
On-loan Kasimpasa defender Kenneth Omeruo was placed on the standby list of players alongside uncapped Russia based Brian Idowu.
Nigeria will first play Algeria in Constantine, in the last group match of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup before traveling to Krasnodar, Russia were they will play Argentina in a friendly on 14 November 2014.
FULL LIST OF INVITED PLAYERS
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)