Word Cup qualifier: Mikel, Moses lead Nigeria's squad against Zambia
Eagles need one win to qualify for Russia 2018 World Cup
Nkem Ibeawuchi | Tuesday, 26 September 2017 11:25am | sport
Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel and midfielder, Victor Moses will lead the Nigerian Super Eagles against the Chipolopolo of Zambia in a crucial 2018 World Cup qualifying match in Uyo in October.
Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has released a 23- man squad for the qualifying match in which China-based Mikel and the high flying Chelsea striker Moses are prominent on the list to lead the Eagles to pick the sole ticket in Group B .
Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi also made the list, which included a number of high-profile stars playing in Europe plus two Nigeria Professional Football League players.
Also, Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and his fellow club mates Ahmed Musa, and Kelechi Iheanacho will play against Zambia. Nigerian hero against Cameroon Odion Ighalo also made the list. Similarly, Hull City’s Ola Aina and Plateau United’s Dele Ajiboye will get a chance to earn their first international cap.
All invited players are to report in Uyo on Monday, 2nd October 2017.
The Eagles lead the group with 10 points with 2 games to go while Zambia trails closely with 7 points. The Eagles must avoid a defeat at home to Zambia to have a realistic chance of qualifying for the tournament in Russia next year.
Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Ayodele Ajiboye (Plateau United FC).
Defenders: William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Elderson Echiejile (Sivasspor FC, Turkey); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England).
Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey).
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Chang Chun-Yatai, China); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel).
STANDBY: Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Afeez Aremu (Akwa United); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United).