Super Eagles’ coach Gernot Rohr has named Alex Iwobi and striker Odion Ighalo to lead Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the African Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Africa and Uganda friendly, with Samuel Chukwueze getting his maiden invite.
Al Nasr forward Ahmed Musa will carry s captain as John Obi Mikel will be missing once again. The Tianjin Teda midfielder has yet to return to national team assignment since the three-time African champions crashed out from the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Also, Ogenyi Onazi and Shehu Abdullahi are not listed. The duo returned to their club from the last international break with injuries.
The latter only got to play few minutes against Libya in Uyo before being replaced with Ola Aina, while the former missed out on the doubleheader, thus leaving Rohr with three midfielders – Mikel Agu returning to the mix – to prosecute November 17 and 20 games.
Meanwhile, joining former U17 World Cup winner, Chuwkueze for a potential debut is FC IfeanyiUbah defender Olamilekan Adeleye while Sporting Charleroi striker Victor Osimhen has been given a chance to replicate his form.
Henry Onyekuru and Chidozie Awaziem were dropped and placed on the standby list which includes three Nigeria Professional Football League stars.
Super Eagles sit top of Group E with nine points from four games while Stuart Baxter’s side are second in the group, trailing by two points.
The match is scheduled for November 17 at the FNB Stadium and three days later, Nigeria entertain the Cranes of Uganda at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.
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Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi, Francis Uzoho
Defenders: William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Olamilekan Adeleye, Semi Ajayi, Jamilu Collins, Ola Aina
Midfielders: John Ogu, Mikel Agu, Oghenekaro Etebo
Forwards: Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Victor Osimhen, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Samuel Kalu, Isaac Success, Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze
Standby: Henry Onyekuru, Chidozie Awaziem, Sunday Adetunji, Nyima Nwagua, Junior Lokosa