Super Eagles’ full list for September rounds of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers with Liberia and Cape Verde has been released by coach Gernot Rohr.
Nigeria will host Liberia on 3 September in Lagos and Cape Verde on 7 September in Mindelo.
In a statement on Thursday, Ademola Olajire, spokesman for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), said Rohr had stuck largely with his dependables in this list.
“Goalkeepers Maduka Okoye and Francis Uzoho, as well as defenders William Ekong, Abdullahi Shehu, Chidozie Awaziem, and Leon Balogun, are on this list of players,” the NFF stated. ”We also have midfielders Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo, and forwards Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi, Moses Simon, and Victor Osimhen on the roster,” he said.
But Olajire revealed that the roster had been enlarged by the situation of the UK-based team who could not go to Cape Verde.
In relation to the global coronavirus pandemic, Cape Verde is on the UK red list.
“Should the situation remain unchanged, in terms of the matter of exemptions, the eight UK-based players on the list will head back to base after the clash with Liberia at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Friday,” he explained.
In the 30-player team list, Daniel Akpeyi, a goalkeeper based in South Africa, the defenders Kenneth Omeruo and Kevin Akpoguma, and Henry Onyekuru, a Greek forward, returned to the team.
Former junior international Kingsley Michael was also called up, as Innocent Bonke from Sweden joined the Nigerian camp for the first time.
The Super Eagles will host the Lone Star of Liberia on the Teslim Balogun stadium in Lagos in six of the last seven FIFA World Cup finals. The match will take place on September 3rd, starting at 17:00.
On Match Day 2 of the series on September 7, they then traveled to Mindelo Iceland to tango with the Blue Sharks in Cape Verde.
The other team in the group is the Central African Republic (CAR), which is set to meet Super Eagles at home and abroad in October.
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (APOEL Nicosia, Cyprus); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (FC Boavista, Portugal); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy)
Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); Kevin Akpoguma (TSG Hoffenheim, Germany)
Midfielders: Oghenekaro Etebo (Watford FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Galsgow Rangers, Scotland)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Samuel Kalu (FC Bordeaux, France); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy)
Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium).
SEVEN OTHERS ON STANDBY: Terem Moffi (FC Lorient, France); Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos FC, Greece); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia)
Innocent Bonke (Malmo FF, Sweden); Valentine Ozornwafor (Sporting Charleroi, Belgium); Tyronne Ebuehi (Venezia FC, Italy); Kingsley Michael (Bologna FC, Italy)