Nigeria invites 26 players for Mali

Anulika Menanya, Lagos

Nigeria's Super Eagles’ interim coach, Salisu Yusuf

Nigeria’s Super Eagles’ interim coach, Salisu Yusuf has called up 26 players, for the forthcoming international friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg in Europe.

The three-time African champions played with Les Aiglons of Mali in France on May 27, before flying to Luxembourg to take on the country’s National Team on June 1.

Skipper, John Mikel Obi, forwards Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo and goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme was called up amongst a relatively young squad.

Others include a former U-20 skipper Musa Muhammed, former U-20 defender, Gbenga Arokoyo, former U-23 midfielder Raheem Lawal, 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner, Brown Ideye, one-cap left-back, Kingsley Madu and Nigerian-Portugal-based defender, Chidozie Awaziem.

All the invitees:
Goalkeepers
: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars)

Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal); Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France); Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK, Turkey); Leon Balogun (Mainz 05, Germany); Gbenga Arokoyo (Gaziantepspor, Turkey); William Troost Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal)

Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Wilfred Ndidi KRC Genk, Belgium); Raheem Lawal (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey); Etebo Oghenekaro (SC Farense, Portugal)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (West Ham United, England); Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Aminu Umar (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey); Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Olympiakos FC, Greece)

 

Sammie