Gernot Rohr has selected a 24-man squad for the upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifiers. The coach named clubless captain Ahmed Musa after much speculation.
The 28-year-old left Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr in October, which sparked a debate as to what role Musa could feature. Rohr had previously said that only active players could participate. He however said that Musa has been keeping fit and believes that the player would find a club soon.
Others in the squad include Ola Aina of Fulham, Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho from Leicester City, Everton’s Alex Iwobi, West Brom’s Semi Ajayi, and Watford’s William Troost-Ekong. However, the availability of these players is in doubt because of the UK quarantine rules.
Sadiq Umar who plays for Almeria has received a maiden call-up, while Belgian league top scorer Paul Onuachu is listed. Goalkeepers Daniel Akpeyi and John Noble have also received a call-up to the squad. Rangers have been crowned champions of the Scottish league, and Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun will receive call-ups from there.
The Super Eagles Travel to Benin on 27 March, with an ongoing debate about a boat trip from Lagos to Porto Novo. One of the European-based players revealed that some of the players are not comfortable with this option. On the final day, 30, March, the Super Eagles will host Lesotho in Lagos.
Nigeria currently top Group L with eight points, Benin has 7 points, while Sierra Leone have three and Lesotho have two.
Here is the full squad list:
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (APOEL Nicosia, Cyprus); John Noble (Enyimba FC); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Chidozie Awaziem (Boavista, Portugal); William Troost-Ekong (Watford, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Fulham FC, England); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn, Germany); Zaidu Sanusi (Porto, Portugal); Tyronne Ebuehi (Twente, The Netherlands)
Midfielders: Oghenekaro Etebo (Galatasaray, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Abdullahi Shehu (Omonia Nicosa, Cyprus); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Unattached); Alex Iwobi (Everton, England); Sadiq Umar (Almeria, Spain); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal, Spain); Victor Osimhen (Napoli, Italy); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Moses Simon (Nantes, France)
Standby: Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray, Turkey); Peter Olayinka (Slavia Praha, Czech Republic); Terem Moffi (Lorient, France); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Michael Olise (Reading, England); Adekunle Adeleke (Abia Warriors)