Brown Ideye, Anthony Ujah, Babatunde Michael, John Ugochukwu Ogu and Leon Balogun have been recalled to the Super Eagles squad for the international friendly matches against Bolivia and South Africa next week. According to a list of 28 players announced by the Super Eagles’ ‘out-of-contract’ assistant coach, Daniel Amokachi, in form striker, Jude Odion Ighalo of Watford got his first senior team call-up. The squad is made up of 18 foreign based and 10 home based players. Victor Moses was included as a standby player.
Conspicuously missing from the squad are regular players such as John Mikel Obi of Chelsea who is still out injured; Ikechukwu Uche, Emmanuel Emenike, Austin Ejide, Elderson Echiejile and Efe Ambrose.
Super Eagles is billed to play against Bolivia on Thursday, March 26 in Uyo before playing South Africa in Nelspruit on March 29.
Full list of the invited players:
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France); Theophilus Afelokhai (Kano Pillars); Chidiebere Eze (Ifeanyi Ubah United)
Defenders: Chima Akas (Sharks FC); Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor FC, Turkey); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Nelson Ogbonnaya (Heartland FC) Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough FC, England); Akeem Latifu (Aalesunds FC, Norway); Leon Balogun (Darmstadt 98, Germany)
Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Steven Ukoh (Biel-Bienne FC, Switzerland); Omatsone Aluko (Hull City, England); Hope Akpan (Reading FC, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’erSheva, Israel); Babatunde Michael (Volyn Lutsk, Ukraine); Joseph Nathaniel (Sharks FC); Kingsley Sokari (Enyimba FC).
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Aaron Samuel (Guangzhou R&F, China); Brown Ideye (West Brom, England); Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England); Anthony Ujah (FC Cologne, Germany); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Ubong Moses (Kano Pillars); Stanley Dimgba (Warri Wolves); Mfon Udoh (Enyimba FC); Standby – Victor Moses (Stoke City, England).
By Olisemeka Obeche