Rohr Names Mikel, Moses & Ighalo in 23-man Killer Squad for Cameroon
Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has returned to the old guard for the crucial Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameron by naming team captain Mikel Obi, striker Odion Ighalo and Victor Moses in a 23-man squad.
Other players to make the cut for the blockbuster double-header include Israel–based duo Anthony Nwakaeme and John Ogu, Germany-based defender Leon Balogun and his partner in the Eagles rearguard William Troost-Ekong.
England-based quartet – Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi also retain their place, while Oghenekaro Etebo and Moses Simon have also been called.
The German coach retained the goalkeeping trio of goalkeepers Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Alampasu despite concerns in the wake of Nigeria’s shock defeat to South Africa in the opening qualifying tie for Afcon 2019.
Nigeria welcomes the reigning African champions to the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Sept. 1, before flying to Yaounde for a quickfire return session on Sept. 4, by which time the Eagles would have secured the ticket if results go their way.
The Eagles are top of Group B World Cup qualifiers with six points from two games, four clear of fierce rivals Cameroon, while Algeria and Zambia trail with a point each.
The Full List
Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal)
Defenders: William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Elderson Echiejile (Sivasspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Ola Aina (Hull City, England)
Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Chang Chun-Yatai, China); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)
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