Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has invited twenty-three players ahead of Nigeria’s World Cup qualifiers’ double-header clashes against the Central African Republic.
The team largely comprises main players of the team including skipper Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, in-form attackers Victor Osimhen and Paul Onuachu.
A new invitation was handed to Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo’s Glasgow Rangers’ teammates, Calvin Ughelumba. TSG Hoffenheim’s Kelvin Akpoguma also earned another invitation after missing out the last time due to illness.
FF Malmo’s Innocent Bonke appeared to have done enough to convince Rohr for a second opportunity. He’s coming in to replace the injured Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo.
See Full List of invited players below;
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Calvin Ughelumba (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Kevin Akpoguma (TSG Hoffenheim, Germany)
Midfielders: Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Galsgow Rangers, Scotland); Innocent Bonke (Malmo FF, Sweden); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Samuel Kalu (FC Bordeaux, France); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia)
Nigeria currently tops group C after picking up maximum points against Liberia and Cape Verde. Victories against the Central African Republic will confirm the Super Eagles’ place in the next round of the qualifiers.
The first leg clash against the CAR will be held in Nigeria on the 7th of October while the second leg has been fixed for three days later.
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