—Super Eagles coach Invites 18 For Tanzania Clash
Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has invited 18 overseas-based players for next month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania in Dar es Salaam, the Nigeria Football Federation website has announced.
Emmanuel Emenike, Haruna Lukman and Joel Obi, previously ignored by Oliseh’s predecessor Stephen Keshi, were recalled by the new Nigeria head coach.
However, there is no room for Manchester City teenager Kelechi Iheanacho and the Chelsea pair, Mikel Obi and Victor Moses.
Odion Ighalo, who came off the bench to score against Chad in the Super Eagles’ last match and has already scored in the two-week old English Premier League season, was also not considered.
Captain Vincent Enyeama heads the list that also has defenders Godfrey Oboabona, Leon Balogun and Kenneth Omeruo, midfielder Rabiu Ibrahim, and forwards Ahmed Musa and Anthony Ujah.
There are a number of surprises, in line with Oliseh’s earlier pledge to make current form and first-level football key indices for selection.
There are goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, midfielder Izunna Uzochukwu and forwards Emem Eduok, Sylvester Igboun and Moses Simon.
All the 18 players, who will join up with the 23 home-based stars who arrived in camp in Abuja on Monday, are expected in Abuja on Monday, 31st August, 2015 at the latest.
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France); Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England)
Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia); Godfrey Oboabona (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); William Troost Ekong (FK Haugesund, Norway); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK, Turkey)
Midfielders: Joel Obi (Torina FC, Italy); Izunna Ernest Uzochukwu (FC Amkar Perm, Russia); Obiora Nwankwo (Coimbra FC, Portugal); Lukman Haruna (Anzhi Machatsjkala, Russia); Rabiu Ibrahim (AS Trencin, Slovakia)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emem Eduok (Esperance ST, Tunisia); Emmanuel Emenike (Al Ain, UAE); Anthony Ujah (Werder Bremen, Germany); Sylvester Igboun (FC UFA, Russia); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium)