- Ukraine vs Nigeria international friendly match is expected to be staged on September 10
- Super Eagles handler Gernot Rohr has invited 23 players for the match as they begin preparations for the 2021 AFCON championship
- Mikel Obi, Ighalo, Akpeyi and John Ogu are major players missing in the squad
- Iheanacho and Ebuehi are making a return to the squad after missing out of AFCON 2019 squad
- While Maduka Okoye and Joe Aribo have been handed their first national team call up
Super Eagles technical adviser Gernot Rohr has invited 23 players for his side's international friendly match against Ukraine staging at the Dnipro Arena on September 10.
The German born tactician led the Nigeria to win bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and he is already preparing for the 2021 edition in Cameroon.
With so much shake up to the squad that finished third in Egypt, Rohr is hoping to find replacements for some of the players who will not be a part of the team's future.
The likes of John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo have announced their retirement from the national team, while John Ogu and Daniel Akpeyi were left out of the invited players for the match.
Meanwhile, Tyronne Ebuehi, who got injured just before the 2018 World Cup is back in the team having being sidelined for close to a year.
While Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has also been handed another chance to reclaim his spot in the national team after missing out of the 2019 AFCON championship.
German based Emil Maduka Okoye has been handed his first ever call up as replacement for Akpeyi, as the manager continues to search for a quality goalkeeper.
Scotland –based midfielder Joe Aribo is also getting his first call up from the Nigerian national team and could make his debut in the match.
However, regular faces like Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina, Ahmed Musa, William Troost-Ekong, Semi Ajayi, Oghenekaro Etebo and a few others are making a return to the team after the AFCON tourney.
23-man Super Eagles invitees for Ukraine friendly
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Emil Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)
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Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Tyronne Ebuehi (FC Benfica, Portugal); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (Rotherham United, England)
Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Joe Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (AS Monaco, France); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain)
Legit.ng earlier reported that Super Eagles superstar Kenneth Omeruo has parted ways with Europa League champions Chelsea to join Leganes on a five year deal worth £4.6 million.
The Nigerian defender who won bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tourney in Egypt sealed a permanent move with the Spanish club having spent last season on loan with them.
During his loan spell, he made 28 La Liga appearances for Los Pepineros and was impressive in all the matches he played for them.
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