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Mikel returns as Rohr names 23-man squad for 2021 AFCON tie

Super Eagles By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 31/10/2019

Mikel Agu, Ahmed Musa and Daniel Akpeyi returned to Super Eagles as Gernot Rohr has named 23 man squad for 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header against Benin and Lesotho.

The 26-year-old Vitoria Guimaraes midfielder makes a sensational comeback to three-time African Champions after been dropped from the final squad for last summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Musa suffered a knee injury in Al Nassr’s 1-0 away win against Al Fateh on Friday, August 31st in the Saudi Arabian Premier League, which saw him miss two Super Eagles high profile international friendly matches against Ukraine and Brazil.

However, Daniel Akpeyi earns his first call up to the national team since his inconsistent displays at the 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament where Rohr side picked up a bronze medal but Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper comes in for Francis Uzoho who got injured in Nigeria’s friendly match against Brazil a few weeks ago.

After missing the 2-2 international friendly against Brazil, Samuel Kalu, Kenneth Omeruo and Ola Aina are back into Super Eagles squad, while injured Stoke City midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo, SK Slavia Prague striker Peter Olayinka and Brighton defender Leon Balogun have been placed on standby.

Nigeria welcome the Squirrels of Benin Republic to the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on November 13 before heading to Maseru to face Crocodiles of Lesotho four days later.

 

FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany).

Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia).

Midfielders: Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joe Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge, Belgium); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France).

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