Tuesday Mar 05, 2019. 10:00
Nigeria have named a 23-man squad for their matches later this month against the Seychelles and Egypt.
The Super Eagles will tackle the island minnows on March 23 in their final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier before taking on Egypt four days later. Both matches will be held at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.
Gernot Rohr’s selection includes three goalkeepers, eight defenders, four midfielders and eight forwards.
There is a first time call-up for FC Midtjylland striker Paul Onuachu, as well as Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba), a key man for the Flying Eagles at the recent U-20 Africa Cup of Nations.
Super Eagles skipper John Obi Mikel, Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho, Watford's Isaac Success and Porto star Mikel Agu have been left out of the team, but presumably remain a part of Rohr’s plans for the AFCON.
Nigeria 23-man squad:
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); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba FC); 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).
Midfielders: Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel).
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Charleroi SC, Belgium); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark).