Augustine Eguavoen has revealed that five more names will be added to the 40-man list already sent to CAF.
Kelechi Nwakali and Akinkunmi Amoo are two players rumored to be among the five new players.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria are into last-minute efforts to ensure everything is in place for a successful outing in Cameroon next year. The battle to unseat Algeria as the champions of Africa is hotting up, with every country to the tournament working in overdrive to ensure their best legs are in Cameroon.
The hottest topic in the Nigeria football space is the make-up of the Super Eagles squad. The 40-man list to CAF has received plenty of commentaries. Fans of the Super Eagles have nothing but educated guesses to go with, and the Eguavoen and his coaching crew have kept it all close to their chest.
For sure, it is known that Victor Osimhen and Maduka Okoye will be at the party in Cameroon after the fuss made over their injuries. The prayer for Osimhen to recover in time for the competition is akin to praying for the messiah's return. One hopes that he returns to his best.
With pressure coming from all angles about the names on the list, Eguavoen has only given snippets of what to expect without being precise. He has left fans of the team to keep guessing. Eguavoen said he would include five more players in the list.
Eguavoen reveals the addition of more players to the squad
They may have worked together, but it now looks like Eguavoen was not entirely on the same page with Gernot Rohr concerning team selection.
Former Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr submitted a provisional squad list to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) consisting of 40 players before his dismissal. The list with CAF will be tinkered with as confirmed by the interim coach Augustine Eguavoen. In a recent radio interview, Eguavoen confirmed that he will make a few adjustments to the list.
While responding to questions, Eguavoen posited that the provisional list would witness more additions. Eguavoen did not give up the name of the players.
The guessing game continues
According to Eguavoen, Ninety percent of the players on the list have been together for a while. The coach said he would not tinker with that core, positing he would stick with them, but a few players would join them.
He opined that Nigeria has good players and that the results churned out by the team is a poor reflection of the quality of the squad.
The rumour mill has gone agog with the announcement of five new faces to join the team. The belief in certain quarters is Eguavoen is interested in inviting SD Huesca midfielder Kelechi Nwakali. Highly-rated Hammarby attacking midfielder Akinkunmi Amoo is another player in the frame for an invitation.
The Super Eagles will begin training camp in Nigeria a week after Christmas before making the trip to Cameroon. Nigeria last won the AFCON in 2013 under the tutelage of the late Stephen Okechukwu Keshi. They will begin their assault for another AFCON trophy with a January 11 date against the Pharaohs of Egypt.
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