- Super Eagles of Nigeria will face the the Leone Stars in a double header in November
- Nigeria will continue their quest to qualify for the 2022 AFCON
- Eagles coach Gernor Rohr has named Ahmed Musa in a 24-man list for the matches
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has called up captain Ahmed Musa, defender William Ekong, midfield enforcer Oghenekaro Etebo and 21 others for November's 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying quick-fire double against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone.
Defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun and Chidozie Awaziem, midfielder Alex Iwobi and forwards Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze and Chidera Ejuke are also called.
Nigeria’s leading marksman in the series, Victor Osimhen returns after missing out of this month’s friendlies against Algeria and Tunisia, just as midfielder Joseph Ayodele-Aribo and South Africa –based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.
Switzerland-based goalkeeper Sebastian Osigwe will hope to earn his first cap for Nigeria, while defenders Kevin Akpoguma and Zaidu Sanusi, who impressed in the friendlies in Austria, have been handed opportunities to add to their caps.
There are seven players on standby, including defender Abdullahi Shehu, goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, midfielders Ramon Azeez and Samson Tijani, and forward Paul Onuachu.
The Super Eagles take on the Leone Stars at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City on Friday, November 13 before flying to Freetown for the return game on Tuesday, November 17 at the Siaka Stevens Stadium.
Players are expected to report at the Protea Hotel Emotan in Benin City on Monday, November 9.
Victory in both encounters will all but guarantee Nigeria a slot at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations finals holding in Cameroon.
Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi, Sebastian Osige and Maduka Okoye
Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun, Chidozie Awaziem, William Ekong, Olaoluwa Aina, Jamilu Collins, Oluwasemilogo Ajayi, Zaidu Sanusi and Kevin Akpoguma.
Midfielders: Oghenekaro Etebo, Tyronne Ebuehi, Frank Onyeka and Joseph Ayodele-Aribo .
Forwards: Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi, Emmanuel Dennis Bonaventure, Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze, Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho and Chidera Ejuke
Standby: Francis Uzoho, Samson Tijani, Abdullahi Shehu, Ramon Azeez, Kelechi Nwakali, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Paul Onuachu.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Super Eagles of Nigeria have who were 29th in the September Fifa rankings have dropped three spots and are now 32nd.
No thanks to their poor outing during the October 9 and 13 friendlies against reigning African champions Algeria as well as Tunisia respectively.
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