By Emmanuel Afonne
The Super Eagles will open camp in Abuja on Oct. 2 in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match away to Zambia’s Chipolopolo in Ndola on Oct. 9.
This followed Wednesday’s release of list of 23 players by the team’s Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, for the encounter.
A statement issued by Ademola Olajire, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Assistant Director Communications said the list includes the names of team captain Mikel Obi and his Assistant Ahmed Musa.
Others are goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, defender Elderson Echiejile, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi and Manchester City of England forward Kelechi Iheanacho.
The likes of Alanyaspor FC of Turkey defender Kenneth Omeruo, Belgium–based midfielder Anderson Esiti and English Premiership duo of Isaac Success and Alex Iwobi, were added to the fold.
Injured KAA Gent FC of Belgium striker Moses Simon is also listed after assuring Coach Rohr that he has started treatment and would be fit for the encounter.
Meanwhile, Rohr has excused Watford FC forward Odion Ighalo, who will attend his father’s burial in Nigeria on Oct. 8, the eve of the big match against Zambia at the Levy Nwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Recall that Rohr won his first match in charge of the Super Eagles 1-0 against Tanzania in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match played in Uyo on Sept. 3.
THE FULL LIST OF THE INVITED PLAYERS AS RELEASED:
Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Emmanuel Daniel (Enugu Rangers); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah).
Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); William Paul Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway); Kenneth Omeruo (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Jamiu Alimi (Kano Pillars); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey); Elderson Echiejile (Standard Liege, Belgium), Kingsley Madu (SV Zulte Waregem, Belgium).
Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium); Nosa Igiebor (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Anderson Esiti (KAA Gent, Belgium).
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Isaac Success (Watford FC, England); Brown Ideye (Olympiacos FC, Greece); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England).