Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has listed captain Mikel John Obi, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi and playmaker Victor Moses in his 28 –man squad to battle Poland’s fellow Eagles and Serbia in pre-FIFA World Cup friendly matches this month.
Home –based goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who stood between the pipes for the very crucial last four World Cup qualifying games (home-and-away to Cameroon, home to Zambia and away to Algeria), leads the goalkeeping section and will be joined by new boy Francis Uzoho and Daniel Akpeyi.
Former junior international Kenneth Omeruo is back among the defenders, as Joel Obi among the midfielders, while Eagles’ B stalwarts, defender Stephen Eze and forward Gabriel Okechukwu, are also handed opportunities.
Russia –based Brian Idowu, who scored against Argentina on his debut in a friendly in Krasnodar in November last year, and Al Ahly of Egypt’s Junior Ajayi, who earned an Olympic bronze in Brazil in 2016, are also called.
Three –time African champions Nigeria will trade tackles with the Bialo-Czerwoni (White and Red) or Eagles, as the Senior National Team of Poland is known, at the 43,000 –capacity Stadium Wroclaw on Friday, 23rd March 2018.
Four days later, the Eagles will take to the pitch against the Senior National Team of Serbia at The Hive, London – home ground of Barnet FC and London Bees.
These are the first two in a list of six friendly encounters planned for the Super Eagles by the Nigeria Football Federation ahead of the 21st FIFA World Cup finals in the Russian Federation this summer.
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa)
Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag, The Netherlands); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England); Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV, Belgium); Brian Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey); Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria)
Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas, Spain); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Joel Obi (Torino FC, Italy)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Junior Ajayi (Al Ahly, Egypt); Gabriel Okechukwu (Akwa United)
France 2018: Danjuma, Oboduku to attend World Cup draw
Nigeria U20 Women National Team’s Head Coach, Chris Danjuma and Team Administrator Mary Oboduku will be at the Draw Ceremony for the 9th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup taking place at the Opera House, Rennes on Thursday, 8th March 2018. The Draw Ceremony falls on the occasion of the International Women’s Day.
Two –time silver medallists Nigeria are again in the mix as the 16 qualified teams go into the pots for the draw starting at 11am Central European Time on Thursday, with hosts France, Germany, Korea DPR and Japan the seeded teams.
Former France international Mikael Silvestre is among four notable sports personalities who will join FIFA’s Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Bareman and Group leader for FIFA’s Women’s Tournaments Rhiannon Martin to conduct the draw.
Nigeria and Ghana will fly Africa’s flag at the tournament scheduled for five stadia in France, 7th – 26th August 2018. Spain, Germany, The Netherlands and England will represent Europe, while Asia’s flag is to be flown by Japan, Korea DPR and China.
New Zealand will represent Oceania as Brazil and Paraguay stand in for South America while CONCACAF’s lot is with Haiti, Mexico and USA.
QUALIFIED TEAMS FOR 9TH FIFA U20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
France, Nigeria, Ghana, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, England, Japan, Korea DPR, China, New Zealand, Brazil, Paraguay, Haiti, Mexico, USA