….one new face, three returnees included
The Nigeria Football Federation has announced 24 man team that will do battles with Sierra Leone next month for the 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifying matches.
The Super Eagles will host Sierra Leone on matchday three in the AFCON qualifiers in Benin City on November 13, before playing them again four days later.
A quick breakdown of the 24 man list shows that three goalkeepers, nine defenders, four midfielders and eight strikers were called up for the matches
The only new inclusion is FC Lugano goalkeeper Sebastian Osigwe.
Osigwe was a member of the Flying Eagles squad to the 2013 Toulon Tournament in France, where he played against Belgium.
Also back on the list are the trio Joe Aribo, Daniel Akpeyi and Oghenekaro Etebo.
The full list are: Victor Osimhen has also returned to the squad after he was barred from reporting for international duty in October because the Napoli players were ordered into quarantine.
Everton’s Alex Iwobi, Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho, West Brom’s Semi Ajayi and Fulham’s Ola Aina have been selected as well as Watford’s William Troost-Ekong and Glasgow Rangers’ Leon Balogun.
Francis Uzoho, Samson Tijani, Ramon Azeez, Abdullahi Shehu, Kelechi Nwakali, Paul Onuachu and Ikechukwu Ezenwa have been placed on standby in the event of injuries to players named in the original list.
Nigeria Squad Vs Sierra Leone
Goalkeepers : Daniel Akpeyi, Maduka Okoye, Sebastian Osigwe
Defenders : William Troost-Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun, Semi Ajayi, Chidozie Awaziem, Zaidu Sanusi, Ola Aina, Jamilu Collins, Kevin Akpoguma
Midfielders : Joe Aribo, Oghenekaro Etebo, Tyronne Ebuehi, Frank Onyeka
Strikers : Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Emmanuel Dennis, Alex Iwobi, Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho, Samuel Chukwueze, Chidera Ejuke.