Captain John Mikel Obi is the most notable absentee from Nigeria’s squad for their final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier with Seychelles and a friendly against Egypt later this month.
Gernot Rohr has handed maiden call-ups to uncapped Denmark-based striker Paul Onuachu and under-20 defender Valentine Ozornwafor, while there is a recall for former under-17 World Cup winner Victor Osimhen.
Struggling Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has been overlooked after failing to score a goal for club or country since September, but England-based quintet of Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Leon Balogun, Semi Ajayi and Oghenekaro Etebo are included.
Also present is the experienced quartet of Odion Ighalo, joint-top scorer in qualifying with six goals, Troost-Ekong, Ahmed Musa and John Ogu.
Champions in 2013, Nigeria have already secured qualification for this year’s tournament in Egypt after failing to reach back-to-back events in 2015 and 2017.
The three-time African champions confront Seychelles at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Friday, and then tackle the Pharaohs of Egypt at the same venue in a prestige international friendly four days later.
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