John Ogu vs Chad in Kaduna in June 2015
Saturday Oct 29, 2016. 08:06
Midfielder John Ogu and goalkeeper Dele Alampasu have both been handed recalls to the Super Eagles ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Algeria next month, AfricanFootball.com has reliably gathered.
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Both players have been out of the team for a while, with Ogu's last involvement being in a 2-0 defeat of Chad in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier last year June, while Alampasu has not be called since the preliminary round World Cup qualifier against Swaziland late last year.
The invitations might come as a surprise though, seeing as Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr appeared to rule out Ogu from his plans just ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Zambia earlier this month.
However, the 28-year old has been one of Nigeria's finest players in Europe over the last year, and won the Israeli championship with Hapoel Be'er Sheva, as well as being voted the best foreign player in that country.
For Alampasu, he left Feirense - who had been promoted to the Portuguese top tier - on loan in the summer for a search of regular first team football, and it has proved an inspired move as he has played every game since joining Cesarense in the Portuguese second-tier league.
The game against Algeria comes up next month in Uyo, with the full list expected to be made public this weekend or Monday at the latest.
By Chris Oguguo