Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has called up 26 players for the first phase of preparatory camp ahead of next month’s fourth edition of the African Nations Championship in Rwanda which holds between 16th January and 7th February, 2016.
Topping the list of invited players is the Nigerian Premier League top scorer Gbolahan Salami along with Chisom Chikatara while the highly-rated Kingsley Sokari was left out of the squad.
Also called up to the preliminary squad are the regulars Austin Oboroakpo, Jamiu Alimi, Paul Onobi, Usman Mohammed and Bature Yaro.
All players have been directed to report at the Bolton White Apartments, Wuse Zone 7, Abuja on Monday, 14th December.
Ex-coach Stephen Keshi led Nigeria to a bronze medal finish at the last African Nations Championship held in South Africa in early 2014.
The Super Eagles B have been drawn into Group C of the competition alongside Niger Republic, Tunisia and Guinea, with matches to be played at the Stade Regional Nyamirambo in Kigali.
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars); Olufemi Thomas (Enyimba FC); David Obiazor (Heartland FC); Okemute Odah (Warri Wolves)
Defenders: Kalu Orji (Enugu Rangers); Austin Oboroakpo (Abia Warriors); Jamiu Alimi (Shooting Stars); Mathew Etim (Enugu Rangers); Stephen Eze (Sunshine Stars); Chima Akas (Sharks FC); Chris Madaki (Giwa FC)
Midfielders: Ifeanyi Mathew (El-Kanemi Warriors); Paul Onobi (Sunshine Stars); Usman Mohammed (FC Taraba); Bature Yaro (Nasarawa United); Osas Okoro (Enugu Rangers); Bartholomew Ibenegbu (Warri Wolves); Julius Ubido (Heartland FC); Ibrahim Salawu Attah (Shooting Stars); Christian Madu (Enugu Rangers)
Forwards: Ezekiel Bassey (Enyimba FC); Gbolahan Salami (Warri Wolves); Tunde Adeniji (Sunshine Stars); Bright Onyedikachi (FC IfeanyiUbah); Chisom Chikatara (Abia Warriors); Prince Aggreh (Sunshine Stars)