Nigeria Head Coach, Gernot Rohr, has announced his 25-man squad for the upcoming international friendly games against France and Corsica later this month.
The Super Eagles are scheduled to camp in France ahead of their crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against South Africa on the 10th of June 2017.
Captain, John Obi Mikel has for the second time been left out of the senior national team squad preparing for a Cameroun 2019 African Nations Cup qualifier against South Africa and a Russia 2018 World Cup eliminator against African champions, Cameroun.
Observers believe that Mikel’s continued absence may not be unconnected with Coach Gernot Rohr’s decision to blank out players plying their trade in the Chinese Super League, which is seen by many as a competition not good for anybody interested in continuing his international career.
That assumption is lent credence by the absence of Odion Ighalo and Brown Ideye in recent squads since they joined the China train.
The first friendly encounter will be against Corsica on Wednesday, May 24, before taking on European giants France two days later as Nigeria prepare to host South Africa.
In the team are goalkeepers Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC Ifeanyi Ubah) and Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal); defenders Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); William Ekong (KAA Gent, Belgium); Uche Agbo (CF Granada, Spain); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Gijon, Spain); and Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal).
The midfielders in the squad are Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal) and Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United FC).
To vie for positions in the attack are Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Stephen Odey (MFM FC); Olanrewaju Kayode (FC Austria Wien, Austria); Isaac Success (Watford FC, England); Noah Serenren-Bazee (Hannover 96, Germany); Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg FC, Germany); and Sikiru Olatubosun (MFM FC).