Rorh Unveils Squad To Face Swaziland And Egypt

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.

READ ALSO: AFCON Qualifiers: Rorh Say Only Fit Players Will Be Invited

 

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