Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has called up 23 players for next week’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying showdown against the Chipolopolo of Zambia in Uyo.
Skipper Mikel John Obi and forward Odion Ighalo, (both based in China) and England-based Victor Moses retained their places, but Portugal-based goalkeeper, Dele Alampasu dropped to the standby, alongside wing back, Tyronne Ebuehi and South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi returned after injury knocked them out of the sessions against the African champions.
The list is the same personnel that decimated the Indomitable Lions, with defenders Leon Balogun, Abdullahi Shehu, William Ekong and Elderson Echiejile, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi and Oghenekaro Etebo and forwards Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, and Anthony Nwakaeme also included.
Two home-based professionals, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi and Afeez Aremu, who were part of the Super Eagles B that finished as runners-up at the WAFU Cup of Nations in Ghana, are in the standby, but will join the team’s training sessions in Uyo.
Nigeria welcomes Zambia on Saturday, 7th October at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, with the win to guarantee a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance in Russia next year.
All invited players are to report in Uyo on Monday, 2nd October 2017.