Keshi Invites Five New Players, 19 Others For Sudan

Stephen KeshiSuper Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, has invited five new players and 19 others for next October’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations two legged qualifying game against Sudan.

The players include former junior international, Raheem Lawal, China–based striker, Aaron Samuel, Reading of England’s Hope Akpan, Austria–based forward, Sunday Emmanuel and a relatively unknown Anyora Ugonna, who plays in Norway.

Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who missed the games against Congo and South Africa due to family issues, is also back in the team and Babatunde Michael, who impressed at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil also made the list.

African Champions, Nigeria is under pressure and must win both matches against Sudan next month to have any realistic chance of qualifying for the Cup of Nations scheduled for Morocco next year.

Both teams will clash in Khartoum on Saturday, October 11 and play the second leg four days later at the National Stadium, Abuja.

THE FULL LIST:

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’erSheva, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United)

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Monaco FC, France); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor FC, Turkey); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, England)

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Nosa Igiebor (Maccabi FC, Israel); Omatsone Aluko (Hull City, England); Hope Akpan (Reading FC, England); Raheem Lawal (Eskisehirspor FC, Turkey); Anyora Ugonna (Haugesund FC, Norway)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey); Gbolahan Salami (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Osaguona Ighodaro (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Victor Moses (Stoke City, England); Aaron Samuel (Guangzhou R & F, China); Aaron Samuel (SV ScholzGrodig, Austria); Babatunde Michael (Volyn Lutsk, Ukraine)

Ejide Billed To Make AFCON 2013

The Super Eagles camp will be full of so much relieve now as the Nigeria medical team reported that injured goalkeeper Austin Ejide will gain full recovery from his thigh injury in two weeks, which was seen as a major setback for the squad.

Austin Ejide who mounted the goalpost for the Super Eagles in a friendly against Cape Verde ahead of the AFCON 2013 got injured during this game which ended in a 0-0 draw can be rest assured to make the nations cup 2013 taking place in South Africa.

The medical report coming from the medical team with the squad in Faro has indicated that the thigh injury which the player sustained will heal in eight days but the player has also been given some time off the training pitch so he can be back to full recovery and join the squad for full training after wards.

The Chief Coach of the Super Eagles; Stephen Keshi said Ejide will be fully fit for the opening clash of the Super Eagles come January 21 but he is however standing by Daniel Akpenyi in camp as a possible replacement for Ejide if plans change.

“In fact, he should be ready for our opening Group C game against Burkina Faso on January 21.

“The doctor has explained that he has started his recovery therapy already and in four days, before we leave Portugal for South Africa, we should have a progress report on whether he has improved or not.

“If we have any negatives we may be forced to make a change but we don’t expect that. However we are still keeping Daniel Akpeyi in camp to forestall any unforeseen circumstance”, he said.

Keshi not disturbed with Yobo’s absence

Super Eagle’s Coach, Stephen Keshi, said there is no cause for alarm at the absence of skipper Joseph Yobo just as Chelsea’s midfielder John Mikel Obi joined the team earlier on Wednesday.

Keshi revealed that the medical team at Turkish side Fernabahce have ruled Yobo out of the match against Liberia with a torn cruciate ligament and have put him on medical examination to determine whether he could travel to Nigeria to cheer the team to victory.

Yobo’s knee is reported to have swollen after he played 70 minutes for his Turkish side over the weekend

According to the Eagles Coach, Yobo, spent over one hour on phone with him to confirm he will not be available for this weekend’s crucial tie against the lone star of Liberia.

Yobo played in last month’s 2 all draw in Liberia but was later replaced by Efe Ambrose in the second half.

In June, he missed all three of Nigeria’s Nation’s Cup and World Cup qualifiers against Rwanda, Malawi and Namibia also on account of injury.

Meanwhile Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi arrived the Metropolitan Hotel camp of the Eagles Wednesday afternoon, after his protracted battle to get a Ukrainian visa for his side’s UEFA Champion’s League game next week.

Mikel said he is fit for the encounter against Liberia to cool off speculations surrounding his availability.

The camp of the Super Eagles in Calabar is bubbling with activity as most of the invited Europe-based players have arrived ahead of the weekend’s 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Spokesman of the team, Ben Alaiya, confirmed to Channels Sports that Ambrose Efe, Brown Ideye, Ahmed Musa, Joel Obi, Victor Moses and Ikechukwu Uche have all arrived the training camp. Other are Elderson Echiejile, Obiorah Nwankwo and Onazi Ogenyi have showed up in camp

Alaiya confirmed that only 3 players are still being expected.

Earlier goalkeepers Austin Ejide and Vincent Enyeama as well as Nosa Igiebor joined up with the 7 players from the Nigeria Premier League in a training session