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Siasia calls up 42 players for crucial Egypt AFCON double header

Siasia calls up 42 players for crucial Egypt AFCON double header

Nigeria

Stand-in coach of the Nigerian Super Eagles, Samson Siasia; has named five English Premier League players in a 42-man squad for the African Cup of nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Egypt late this month.

The four are; Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, West Ham’s Victor Moses, Chelsea’s John Mikel Obi, Watford’s odion Ighalo and Arsenal youngster, Alex Iwobi.

The Super Eagles face Group G leaders, Egypt; in a double header, the first leg will be played on March 25 in Kaduna with the return leg four days later in Egypt’s capital, Cairo.

Siasia was appointed by the Nigeria Football federation (NFF) to take temporary charge of the team following Sunday Oliseh’s resignation.

Nigeria currently lie two points behind Egypt after two rounds of matches with only group winners guaranteed automatic qualification to the tournament in AFCON to be staged in Gabon.

Sasia has also picked a number of local based players who he led to the U-23 championship title last year, amongst others, captain Azubuike Okechukwu, Usman Mohammed and Etebo Oghenekaro. Siasia would open camp with the local players this weekend.

The FULL Nigeria squad:

Goalkeepers

Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, SA)

*Defenders:* 

Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa, Turkey); Godfrey Oboabona (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Staneley Amuzie (Olhanense, Portugal)

Midfielders:

Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Azubuike Okechukwu (Yeni Malatyaspor, Turkey), Victor Moses (West Ham United, England)

Forwards:

Ahmed Musa and Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Fanendo Adi (Portland Timbers, USA), Aminu Umar (Osmanlispor, Turkey), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester. City, England)

Locally-based players:

Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Femi Thomas, Austin Oboroakpo, Kalu Orji, Chibuzor Okonkwo, Etim Matthew, Sincere Seth, Segun Oduduwa, Chima Akas, Chris Madaki, Oke Ogagatewho, Ifeanyi Matthew, Usman Mohammed, Etebo Oghenekaro, Stanley Dimgba, Yau Hassan, Ezeikel Bassey, Prince Aggreh, Bright Onyedikachi, Chisom Chikatara, Godwin Obaje, Emmanuel Daniel

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