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Monday, September 21, 2020

Rohr invites six new players, 19 others for Ivory Coast, Tunisia friendlies

 


Super Eagles ’ Technical Adviser , Gernot Rohr, has called up 25 players ahead of next month’ s friendly matches against the Elephants of Ivory Coast and the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia, scheduled for Austria.


Five other players have been put on standby, according to a statement from the Nigeria Football Federation on Monday .


The statement , titled ‘ Rohr lists Musa , Ekong , 23 others for Cote d ’ Ivoire , Tunisia friendlies’ , was signed by NFF ’ s spokesperson, Ademola Olajire.


Those newly - invited to the Super Eagles squad are Matthew Yakubu ( SKF Sered , Slovakia) , Zaidu Sanusi ( FC Porto, Portugal ) , Frank Onyeka ( FC Midtjylland, Denmark) , Samson Tijani ( TSV Hartberg , Austria ) , Cyriel Dessers ( KRC Genk , Belgium) , and Chidera Ejuke ( CSKA Moscow , Russia ) .


In the three -time African champions ’ first games this year , Rohr invited top names Ahmed Musa , Kenneth Omeruo , William Ekong , and Wilfred Ndidi.


Former U- 17 World Cup - winning goalkeeper Dele Alampasu returns to the group , as well as midfielder Mikel Agu .


Captain of Nigeria ’ s U -17 squad , Samson Tijani , will join up with the elite , as well as Portugal –based exciting wing back Zaidu Sanusi .


Goalkeeper Maduka Okoye , now in The Netherlands , is heading for Austria as England–based forward Kelechi Iheanacho also returns .


Victor Osimhen, now in Italy with Napoli, and another former U - 17 World Cup winner Samuel Chukwueze are also called.


“ The Super Eagles , now ranked 29th in the world and third in Africa , will take on the Elephants on October 9 and four days later , will engage the Carthage Eagles , who are second in Africa in the rankings.


“ Both games have been arranged by the NFF to prepare the Eagles for the next rounds of 2022 AFCON qualifiers , home and away against Sierra Leone in November, ” the statement added .


THE FULL LIST

Goalkeepers: Dele Alampasu ( FK Ventspils, Latvia ); Matthew Yakubu ( SKF Sered, Slovakia ); Maduka Okoye ( Sparta Rotterdam , The Netherlands )


Defenders : Kenneth Omeruo ( CD Leganes , Spain); Leon Balogun ( Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Chidozie Awaziem ( FC Boavista , Portugal ); William Ekong ( Udinese FC , Italy ); Olaoluwa Aina ( Fulham FC , England); Jamilu Collins ( SC Padeborn 07, Germany ); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi ( West Bromwich Albion, England); Zaidu Sanusi ( FC Porto, Portugal )


Midfielders: Mikel Agu ( Vitoria Guimaraes , Portugal ); Wilfred Ndidi ( Leicester City, England); Frank Onyeka ( FC Midtjylland, Denmark); Oghenekaro Etebo ( Galatasary SK , Turkey ); Samson Tijani ( TSV Hartberg , Austria)


Forwards : Ahmed Musa ( Al Nassr , Saudi Arabia); Alex Iwobi ( Everton FC , England); Victor Osimhen ( SSC Napoli, Italy ); Moses Simon ( FC Nantes , France ); Samuel Chukwueze ( Villarreal FC , Spain); Cyriel Dessers ( KRC Genk , Belgium); Kelechi Iheanacho ( Leicester City, England ); Samuel Kalu ( Girondins Bordeaux, France ); Chidera Ejuke ( CSKA Moscow , Russia )


Standby: Abdullahi Shehu ( Bursaspor , Turkey ); Ramon Azeez ( Granada CF , Spain); Joshua Maja ( Girondins Bordeaux, France ); Henry Onyekuru ( AS Monaco , France ); Tyronne Ebuehi ( FC Twente, Netherlands )

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