NIGERIA NAMES PROVISIONAL 30-MAN WORLD CUP SQUAD

ABUJA- German coach for Nigeria Gernot Rohr named Tianjin Teda midfielder John Obi Mikel as Nigeria captain when the country’s provisional 30-man squad for the 2018 World Cup was released on Monday.

Nigeria are the only one of Africa’s five representatives from the last World Cup to return for the 2018 edition, which will be hosted by Russia from 14 June to 15 July.

Nigeria the most populous nation in the countinet will be looking to improve their progression in the World Cup, especially progressing through the last 16 when they did in 2014 in Brazil. They are drawn in one of the toughest group and this will be their fifth appearance in the World Cup.

All selected players have been told to report to a hotel in Uyo, capital of the southern state of Akwa Ibom, on May 21, the final list of 23 players needs to be submitted to FIFA by June 4.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa), Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United).

Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey), Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag, The Netherlands), Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England), Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV, Belgium), Brian Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France), William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey), Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey), Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria).

Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Tianjin Teda, China), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England), Oghenekaro Etebo (UD Las Palmas, Spain), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel), Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium), Joel Obi (Torino FC, Italy), Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England), Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium), Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England), Nwankwo Simeon (Crotone FC, Italy), Junior Lokosa (Kano Pillars).

Photo Credit- KwaraDaily

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