Coach Samson Siasia has named 22 home-based and 20 overseas players for Nigeria’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) double header against the Pharaohs of Egypt in Kaduna on Friday, March 25 and Alexandria on Tuesday, March 29.
The former Nigerian captain, who was in the same position between December 2010 and October 2011, assured that only the best players who ‘showed ability to run and decimate the opposition’ will be given opportunity in matches.
Regulars among the domestic lads are Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Olufemi Thomas, Kalu Orji Okogbue, Austin Oboroakpo, Chima Akas, Ezekiel Bassey and Chisom Chikatara while the foreign imports are Carl Ikeme, Efe Ambrose, Elderson Echiejile, Godfrey Oboabona, Kenneth Omeruo, John Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo, Moses Simon and Fanendo Adin.
Home-based professionals :
Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars), Olufemi Thomas (Enyimba), Emmanuel Daniel (Enugu Rangers)
Defenders: Kalu Orji Okogbue (Enugu Rangers), Chibuzor Okonkwo (FC IfeanyiUbah), Mathew Etim (Enugu Rangers), Austin Oboroakpo (Abia Warriors), Sincere Seth (Rhapsody FC), Segun Oduduwa (Nath Boys), Chima Akas (Akwa United), Chris Madaki (Kano Pillars), Oke Ogogatewho (Sunshine Stars)
Midfielders: Ifeanyi Mathew (Kano Pillars), Usman Mohammed (FC Taraba), Etebo Oghenekaro (Warri Wolves), Yau Hassan (Wikki Tourists), Stanley Dimgba (Warri Wolves)
Forwards: Ezekiel Bassey (Enyimba), Prince Aggrey (Kano Pillars), Bright Onyedikachi (FC IfeanyiUbah), Chisom Chikatara (Abia Warriors), Godwin Obaje (Wikki Tourists)
Overseas-based professionals :
Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa)
Defenders: Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland), Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France), Stanley Amuzie (Olhanense FC, Portugal), Godfrey Oboabona (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey)
Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy), John Mikel Obi (Chelsea, England), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England), Azubuike Okechukwu (Yeni Matalyspor, Turkey)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium), Victor Moses (West Ham United, England), Aminu Umar (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey), Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England), Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England), Fanendo Adi (Portland Timbers, USA)
SuperSport.com NG Mobi