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Thursday, 22 August 2013
Keshi invites 42 players for Malawi tie
Forty-two players have been invited for the Super Eagles September 7 decisive match against the Flames of Malawi for a place in the African World Cup play offs.
Twenty-Four home-based players and 18 foreign professionals are on the list of those invited to camp ahead of next month’s 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying game against Malawi in Calabar.
Star striker, Emmanuel Emenike is expected back in the team to face the Flames in Calabar, having overcome an injury that has kept him out of the team since after the Nations Cup.
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Goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim, defenders Azubuike Egwuekwe, Solomon Kwambe and Benjamin Francis, as well as midfielders Sunday Mba and forward Muhammad Gambo all make the list. Also included are rising star and defensive pillar, Godfrey Oboabona, who is chasing a transfer to Rizespor of Turkey.
Goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama and Austin Ejide, defenders Efe Ambrose and Elderson Echiejile, midfielders John Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi and Victor Moses and forwards Emmanuel Emenike, Ahmed Musa and Brown Ideye top the list of the Europe-based.
Two-goal hero against South Africa in last week’s Nelson Mandela Challenge, Uche Nwofor retains his slot while Spain-based midfielder Nosa Igiebor returns for the first time since the Africa Cup of Nations finals. England-based Shola Ameobi and Lokomotiv Moscow’s Obinna Nsofor also return.
All 24 home based players are expected to report at Bolton White Apartments, Abuja on Sunday, 24th August, while the 18 Europe-based stars are expected to arrive unfailingly in Calabar on Monday, 2nd September.
“We are calling up 24 home boys in order to be able to identify new players for the 2014 African Nations Championship, for which we have already qualified,” said Keshi.
Goal.com reported that Nigeria, on nine points, need only avoid defeat against seven-pointer Malawi at the U. J. Esuene Stadium on 7th September, to reach the 10-team final elimination round of the African qualifying race for next year’s showpiece in Brazil.
The friendly against the Etalons at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium three days later brings together the two teams that battled for the Africa Cup of Nations trophy in Soccer City, Johannesburg on February 10.
LIST OF HOME-BASED PROFESSIONALS
Goalkeepers: Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers); Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland FC)