Nigeria squad announced, Iheanacho recalled for Ukraine friendly

Nigeria squad announced, Iheanacho recalled for Ukraine friendly
Kelechi Iheanacho

by Nick Said

Thursday Aug 15, 2019. 12:30

Nigeria have recalled forward Kelechi Iheanacho to their squad for the international friendly against Ukraine in Dnipro on September 10, but there was no place for midfielder John Ogu and goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.

Coach Gernot Rohr is also without retired stars John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo, but has handed first call-ups to Fortuna Dusseldorf goalkeeper Maduka Okoye and Glasgow Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo.

The squad gives a view of Rohr’s plans for the next cycle of Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers, as he looks to build on the side that finished third at the recent continental finals in Egypt.

Leicester City’s Iheanacho and Benfica defender Tyronne Ebuehi are two players who return after failing to make the cut for that tournament.

Lille forward Victor Osimhen, who has had a fine start to the season, has been included, along with new Monaco striker Henry Onyekuru.

Nigeria squad

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC), Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy), Tyronne Ebuehi (FC Benfica, Portugal), Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal), William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy), Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England), Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain), Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany), Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (Rotherham United, England)

Midfielders: Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England), Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England), Joe Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia), Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France), Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain), Henry Onyekuru (AS Monaco, France), Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France), Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark), Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain)

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