The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has lifted the veil on the jersey numbers assigned to the 25-man Super Eagles squad as they brace themselves for the impending African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.
The allocation of jersey numbers often carries symbolic weight, and this unveiling offers fans a glimpse into the strategic choices made by the team management.
One of the noteworthy updates is the assignment of the prestigious number 1 jersey to Francis Uzoho, the embattled goalkeeper.
Victor Osimhen, a pivotal figure in the Super Eagles‘ attack, steps into the iconic number 9, succeeding Odion Ighalo, who adorned the jersey in the last AFCON tournament held in Cameroon.
Captain Ahmed Musa, a seasoned campaigner, continues to lead the team both on and off the field, retaining his captaincy along with the cherished number 7 shirt.
Alhassan Yusuf Abdullahi, standing in for the injured Wilfred Ndidi, assumes control of the defensive midfielder’s number 4 jersey, a role that carries significant responsibilities in shaping the team's tactical play.
Several Super Eagles key players maintain continuity with their jersey numbers from the last AFCON, showcasing consistency and familiarity within the squad.
Ola Aina secures the number 2, William Paul Ekong retains the number 5, while playmaker Joe Aribo holds onto the coveted number 10.
Kelechi Iheanacho (14), Moses Simon (15), and Kenneth Omeruo (22) also maintain their respective jersey numbers.
Victor Boniface, the dynamic striker from Bayer Leverkusen, makes his mark with the number 24 jersey.
As the Super Eagles intensify their preparations for the AFCON, set to kick off on January 13 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, the unveiling of the squad’s jersey numbers adds an extra layer of anticipation for fans.
The significance of each jersey number resonates not only with the players but also with the supporters who eagerly await the team's first match against Equatorial Guinea, scheduled for the following day.
The jersey numbers, steeped in tradition and symbolism, mark a visual representation of the unity and determination that the Super Eagles bring to the prestigious tournament.
Squad numbers of Super Eagles' 25-man roster for the 2023 AFCON: Full list
|FRANCIS ODINAKA UZOHO
|TEMITAYO OLUFISAYO OLAOLUWA AINA
|ALHASSAN YUSUF ABDULLAHI
|WILLIAM PAUL EKONG
|AJAYI OLUWASEMILOGO ADESEWO
|OGOCHUKWU FRANK ONYEKA
|VICTOR JAMES OSIMHEN
|AYODELE-ARIBO TEMITOPE JOSEPH OLUWASEYI
|SAMUEL CHIMERENKA CHUKWUEZE
|SAMUEL OSAYI BRIGHT
|ONYEMAECHI SOPURUCHUKWU BRUNO
|IHEANACHO KELECHI PROMISE
|MOSES DADDY SIMON
|OJO OLORUNLEKE OLUWASEGUN
|ALEXANDER CHUKA IWOBI
|ADEMOLA OLAJIDE LOOKMAN
|AWAZIEM CHIDOZIE COLLINS
|CALVIN CHINEDU UGHELUMBA
|KENNETH JOSIAH OMERUO
|STANLEY BOBO NWABALI
|VICTOR OKOH BONIFACE
|NWADIKE RAPHAEL ONYEDIKA
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