Super Eagles’ head coach, Stephen Keshi, has named goalkeeper and skipper Vincent Enyeama as well as 23 others for next month’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations must-win qualifying match away and home to Sudan.
Both teams will clash at in Khartoum on Saturday, October 11, before trading tackles at the National Stadium, Abuja, four days later.
Keshi has also included a handful of new faces, including former junior international, Raheem Lawal, China-based striker, Aaron Samuel and relatively unknown Anyora Ugonna who plays in Norway.
There are also opportunities for World Cup star boy, Babatunde Michael just back from injury, Reading of England’s Hope Akpan and Austria-based forward, Sunday Emmanuel.
African champions, Nigeria, must win both matches against pointless Sudan next month to have any realistic chance of reaching the finals in Morocco early next year.
THE FULL LIST:
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France), Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’erSheva,
Israel), Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United).
Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Monaco FC, France), JuwonOshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel), Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland), Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor FC, Turkey), Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria), Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, England).
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England), Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy), Nosa Igiebor (Maccabi FC, Israel), Omatsone Aluko (Hull City, England), Hope Akpan (Reading FC, England), Raheem Lawal (Eskisehirspor FC, Turkey) and Anyora Ugonna (Haugesund FC, Norway).
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey), Gbolahan Salami (Warri Wolves, Nigeria), Osaguona Ighodaro (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria), Victor Moses (Stoke City, England), Aaron Samuel (Guangzhou R & F, China), Aaron Samuel (SV ScholzGrodig, Austria), and Babatunde Michael (Volyn Lutsk, Ukraine).