Nigeria AFCON Qualifiers Full Squad – Mikel Obi Out

Nigeria AFCON Qualifiers Full Squad – The Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has released the list of the 23-man squad for the upcoming AFCON qualifiers against Seychelles. This will be the first match the Super Eagles will face after the group stage exit at the 2018 Russia World Cup. There will be no place for captain John Obi Mikel who withdrew owing to injuries.

Also, the Super Eagles will be without Chelsea’s Victor Moses who has retired from international football. So, this opens up the space for new faces to take over the mantle of leadership in the squad.  We are goig to list out the various players that were called up for this upcoming qualifiers.

Nigeria AFCON Qualifiers Full Squad

GOALKEEPERS: Francis Uzoho (RC Deportivo), Daniel Akpeyi Chippa United), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba).
DEFENDERS: Ola Aina (Torino) Bryan Idowu (Locomotiv Moscow) Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto) Leon Balogun (Bright and Hove Albion) William Ekong (Udinese), Collins Jamilu (Padeborn) Semi Ajayi (Rotherham).
MIDFIELDERS: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City) Joel Obi (Chievo Verona) John Ogu (Hapoel Beer’Sheva) Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor) Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Kelechi Nwakali (FC Porto B).
FORWARDS: Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr) Simy Nwankwo (Crotone) Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai) Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux) Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray).
STANDBY: Uche Agbo Stephen Eze Blessing Eleke Musa Mohammed

Analysis

Gernot Rohr’s call-up was not with many surprises although he invited little known Nigerians Semi Ajayi and Jamilu Collins in the 24-man team alongside FC Porto B’s Kelechi Nwakali who played in a holiday match last May. Right back duo of Tyronne Ebuehi and Abdullahi Shehu also miss out due to injury.

Also See:  Nigeria 2018 World Cup Full Squad

In the absence of John Obi Mikel, Porto B’s Kelechi Nwakali has been handed a chance to justify his claim for a place in Super Eagles’ middle. The coach will hope the Super Eagles wins the match to earn three points after suffering a 2-0 loss to South Africa in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom in June 2017.
Meanwhile, Rohr has disclosed that his assistant, Salisu Yusuf, who is under investigations for bribery will not be part of the team for the September 8 showdown.

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