The Nigeria Football Federation have announced a 25-player roster for the Super Eagles international friendlies against Ivory Coast and Tunisia in Austria next month, naijawwavez.com reports.
An analysis of the roster revealed that three goalkeepers, eight defenders, five midfielders and nine strikers have been summoned for the friendlies by manager Gernot Rohr.
Seven uncapped players namely Mathew Yakubu, Zaidi Sanusi, Frank Onyeka, Cyriel Dessers, Chidera Ejuke, Samson Tijani and Dele Alampasu, who came off the bench in a friendly against Togo which was not sanctioned by FIFA as more than six substitutes were fielded, are part of the group.
French-based duo Henry Onyekuru and Josh Maja, new AC Omonia signing Abdullahi Shehu, Granada’s Ramon Azeez and Benfica loanee Tyronne Ebuehi have been placed on standby.
Rangers defender Leon Balogun, Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi, Fulham’s Ola Aina and Everton’s Alex Iwobi are part of the selection.
The 2013 African champions face the Elephants on October 9 before meeting with the Aigles de Carthage four days later.
Super Eagles Squad
Goalkeepers (3): Dele Alampasu (FK Ventspils, Latvia); Matthew Yakubu (SKF Sered, Slovakia); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Defenders (8): Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Boavista, Portugal); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Fulham FC, England); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)
Midfielders (5): Mikel Agu (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Frank Onyeka (FC Midtjylland, Denmark); Oghenekaro Etebo (Galatasary SK, Turkey); Samson Tijani (TSV Hartberg, Austria)
Forwards (9): Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Cyril Dessers (KRC Genk, Belgium); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia)