Friday Sep 18, 2015. 18:23
Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has recalled Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo and Ogenyi Onazi for two friendly matches against Cameroon and Congo next month.
Mikel, for one, last played for Nigeria in November 2014 against South Africa in Uyo, while the non-invitation of Watford star Ighalo was widely criticised.
However, Nigeria dropped Haruna Lukman, who flopped against Tanzania in a 2017 AFCON qualifier, and recuperating Izunna Uzochukwu who got injured in the same game but has just returned to training.
Mikel was dropped from the first squad announced under Oliseh's era due to communication gap, Moses was left out due to 'small' injury and Onazi was not listed due to suspension after his dismissal against Chad in June.
Nigeria face Congo on October 8 and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon three days later in Belgium, as the Nigeria Football Federation ensure a more cohesive national team within a short.
The winners of the preliminary round between Swaziland and Djibouti will host the Super Eagles on November 9 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup first round qualifier, with the Eagles hosting the return leg in Nigeria eight days later.
All invited players are expected to arrive in Belgium on Monday, October 5.
THE FULL SQUAD
Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France), Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars), Femi Thomas (Enyimba)
Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany), Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France), Chima Akas (Sharks FC), Godfrey Oboabona (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey), William Troost Ekong (FK Haugesund, Norway), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK, Turkey), Austin Oboroakpo (Abia Warriors)
Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy), Paul Onobi (Sunshine Stars), Obiora Nwankwo (Coimbra FC, Portugal), Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England), Rabiu Ibrahim (AS Trencin, Slovakia)
Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Emmanuel Emenike (Al Ain, UAE), Sylvester Igbonu (FC UFA, Russia), Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium), Victor Moses (West Ham United, England), Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England), Prince Aggrey (Sunshine Stars)