Mikel, Musa, 23 others make Super Eagles AFCON squad

By Bushrah Yusuf-Badmus on May 15, 2019

Views: 821

Super Eagles’ coach Gernot Rohr on Tuesday listed midfielder Mikel John Obi, Ahmed Musa and 23 others in a 25-man squad to prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Egypt.

A statement from Ademola Olajire, Director of Communications Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said that six other players were also put on standby.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Obi, who captained the team at the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia last year summer, has not been with the group since Nigeria’s elimination from the finals after a 1-2 defeat by Argentina in Saint Petersburg.

However, a recent meeting with Coach Rohr in the United Kingdom sealed his return to the three-time African champions, with the possibility of adding to his 85 international caps.

Rohr has largely kept faith with the Trojans who earned a ticket to the AFCON finals with a match to spare.

“Goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, defenders Leon Balogun and William Ekong, midfielders Oghenekaro Etebo and Wilfred Ndidi and forwards Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi and Moses Simon are also on the roll-call.

“He has put on standby six players, among them defenders Ikouwem Utin and Valentine Ozornwafor who have also been named in Nigeria’s final 21 for the FIFA U20 World Cup starting in Poland next week.

“The Franco-German tactician explained that he has included the two players knowing the FIFA U20 World Cup will end on June 15, six days before the first match will be played at the AFCON.

“2018 FIFA World Cup defender Bryan Idowu is also on standby, alongside Portugal –based Mikel Agu and Egypt –based Junior Ajayi, and home –based goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai.

“All invited players and officials are to report at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Asaba on Sunday, 2 June, ahead of the friendly with the Warriors of Zimbabwe at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Saturday, 8 June,” the NFF official said.

He added that the team will depart for Egypt on Sunday, June 9, aboard a chartered aircraft, for the final training camp in the city of Ismailia and tackle Africa’s number one –ranked team, Senegal in their final pre-AFCON friendly on Sunday, June 16.

NAN reports that Nigeria has been drawn in Group B with Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar in the tournament holding from June 21 to July 19

FULL LIST OF PLAYERS

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United, England)

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Middlesbrough FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Royal Charleroi SC, Belgium); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China); Alexander Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain)

Six On Standby: Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba FC); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal); Junior Ajayi (Al Ahly, Egypt); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba FC) (NAN)

•Photo shows Super Eagles players 

Source Daily Sports

Posted May 15, 2019


 

You may also like...
As Nigerian football bleeds . . .

Federer drives to Switzerland, praises football team

Walker Extends Man City Contract to 2024

World Cup referee gets life ban for bribery...

Ranieri urges Vardy, Mahrez to raise game

David Silva Set For Man City Contract Extension...

 

Latest News Covid-19: Barcelona To Cut Scouting Department In Half Shenhua Open To Extended Ighalo Stay At Man Utd Eagles Star Simon Moses Named Nantes Player Of The Season Redknapp Laughs Off Nigeria Job Rumours Serie A Gets Green Light To Resume On June 20 Blackburn Captain, Two Fulham Players Test Positive For Coronavirus Arsenal Chairman Retires Signing Balotelli A Mistake — Brescia Owner Kepa Ready To Leave Chelsea For La Liga Return I fear for the future of African Sports — George Weah Watford captain Troy Deeney Reveals Hurtful Comments After Covid-19 Decision BREAKING: Premier League To Restart On June 17 With Man City v Arsenal Cracker

 

Most Read Rangers International going, going . . . (46,847 views) Amaju Pinnick: A cat with nine lives (38,663 views) Missing $150,000 IAAF Grant: Solomon Dalung’s Hide and Seek game (37,179 views) Sports Development: Zenith Bank on the zenith (36,824 views) Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje’s solid footprints, commitment to sports development in Kano State (35,986 views) Second Term: Amaju Pinnick, Other NFF Heavyweights Home to Roost •How Pinnick Broke the Jinx (35,939 views) Current issues in Nigerian sports: Matters arising (35,884 views) Olopade, BET9A wave of revolution in NNL (34,964 views) Commonwealth Games 2018: Shame of Muhammadu Buhari, Solomon Dalung (34,332 views) NFF Presidency: Pinnick, Maigari, Ogunjobi, Okoye in Battle for Supremacy (34,305 views) Ibrahimovic’s Man U exit: Whose decision is it? And in whose interest? (32,177 views) John Mikel Obi: Segun Odegbami’s Outrageous Call! (31,683 views)

 

 


 

News Athletics (326) Basketball (205) Boxing (617) Columnists (580) Euro Soccer Update (7534) Fans Assembly (4) From the Grassroots (63) Golf (80) Interviews (15) Live Commentary (4) News (6386) NPL Glo Premier League (1167) People and Places (22) Readers Parliament (8) Tennis (643)

 

 

 

Phone numbers

Tel: +234(0)8066020976
+234(0)8055068145
+234(0)7013416146
+234(0)8094272884

Email addresses

info@dailysportsng.com
support@dailysportsng.com
publisher@dailysportsng.com

Office address

No 3, Adetoun Close, Off College Road, Ogba, Ikeja Lagos.
Website: www.dailysportsng.com

Social Media