World Cup Qualifier: Rohr Hands Over No.1 Shirt To Ezenwa

Ikechukwu Ezenwa

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has confirmed that FC Ifeanyi Ubah goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa will start in goal for Nigeria against Cameroon in Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier.

Rohr revealed that Ezenwa becomes the first choice following Daniel Akpeyi’s injury.

“It is unfortunate now that we have a problem in the goalkeeping side with three goalkeepers out,” Rohr told the media on Wednesday, “but Ikechukwu Ezenwa will be in goal for us, and I am confident that he will do a good job.

“We will support him, and the players will support him to make a good game.”

The German tactician appealed for support for the 28-year-old against the reigning African Champions, Cameroon in Uyo.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa Named As Captain Of CHAN Eagles

Super Eagles chief coach, Salisu Yusuf has named FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, as captain of the team ahead of African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Benin Republic.

Ezenwa is also a key member of the Super Eagles squad under Technical Adviser Genot Rohr.

The Home-Based Eagles are currently intensifying preparations in Kano for their 2018 CHAN qualifier.

The first leg of the qualifier will hold in Cotonou on August 3 with the return leg a week after.

Enyimba’s defender Chima Akas will be the team assistant captain.

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NPFL: Ikechukwu Ezenwa Becomes Ifeanyi Ubah FC Captain

fc1Ifeanyi Ubah football club have named Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, as their captain for the 2016/ 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), season.

The Federation Cup winners will face Kano Pillars in the opening fixture of the 2016/2017 NPFL season at the Sani Abacha stadium on Saturday.

Ezenwa, took over from Wilson Elu, who would now act as the Deputy Skipper of the Anambra Warriors.

The experienced shot stopper linked up with the Nnewi-based side, from Sunshine Stars during the mid-season transfer window last term.

Rohr Wants Super Eagles To Stay Focused

Rohr Wants Super Eagles To Stay FocusedSuper Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, is not getting carried away with the form of his players ahead of the game against Algeria.

He wants the players to stay grounded despite their winning start in their World Cup qualifiers.

A win against the Algerians in Uyo will put the three-time African kings in good position to reach Russia 2018.

While acknowledging Nigeria’s confidence, the German insisted that there is still plenty of work to do before facing the North African giants.

Super Eagles players Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Musa Muhammed, Onazi Ogenyi and Odion Ighalo are the early birds in the team camp head of the 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday, November 12.

The coaching crew are confident that the bulk of the 23-man squad will be in camp by Tuesday night as the former African champions begin training on Wednesday morning.

The team will train twice daily in Abuja before heading to Uyo, Akwa Ibom state venue of the game against Algeria on Thursday.

The Super Eagles are top of Group B with three points after they beat Zambia 2-1 in Ndola last month and Algeria were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Cameroon.

Super Eagles To Open Camp Ahead Of Tanzania Clash On Monday

Super eaglesNigeria’s national team, Super Eagles will open camp in Uyo on Monday, for Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Tanzania.

The Deputy General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, made the announcement in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State in southeast Nigeria.

Dr. Ikpeme had arrived in Akwa Ibom State on Friday, as a one-man advance party ahead of the team’s assistant coaches and backroom staff who are expected to arrive in camp on Monday morning.

Home-boys Emmanuel Daniel, Ikechukwu Ezenwa (goalkeepers) and Jamiu Alimi (defender) are also expected in Uyo, alongside a number of overseas-based professionals, including defender William Troost-Ekong and forward Odion Ighalo.

Team captain, Mikel John Obi, who had led the National U-23 to Olympic bronze in Brazil, is expected to arrive at the team’s Le Meridien Hotel on Tuesday.

Both the Super Eagles and Taifa Stars have little other than pride to battle for in Saturday’s game, as Egypt’s Pharaohs have already picked the lone ticket from the group to Gabon.

However, the Eagles and their new Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, would use the match as a rehearsal for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series match-day one clash with Zambia in Ndola on October 8.

Although the result at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium would not count, the outcome of the encounter at the Levy Nwanawasa Stadium in Ndola would set the tone for the Eagles’ World Cup qualifying campaign.

The invited players are:

Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Emmanuel Daniel (Enugu Rangers) and Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah).

Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); William Troost-Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal); Jamiu Alimi (Kano Pillars); Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal); Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France) and Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia).

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium) and Nosa Igiebor (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Imoh Ezekiel (Al-Arabi Sporting Club, Qatar), Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England); Brown Ideye (Olympiacos FC, Greece) and Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg FC, Germany).

Yusuf Invites 26 Players For Super Eagles Friendlies

Super Eagles-Salisu Yusuf-Eagles FriendliesSuper Eagles Head Coach, Salisu Yusuf, has called up 26 players for the international friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg in Europe.

The three-time African champions would take on the Les Aiglons of Mali in France on May 27 before flying to Luxembourg to play the country’s national team on June 1.

Yusuf, who was installed as interim Head Coach by the Nigeria Football Federation last week, picked a relatively young squad that also includes former U-20 and former U-23 players.

All the invitees in the goalkeeper categories are: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa), and Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars).

The defenders invited are: Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal), Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey), Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France), Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK, Turkey), Leon Balogun (Mainz 05, Germany), Gbenga Arokoyo (Gaziantepspor, Turkey), William Troost Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway), and Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal).

For the midfielders, players called up are: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy), John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England), Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium), Raheem Lawal (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey), and Etebo Oghenekaro (SC Farense, Portugal).

The players invited in the forward category are: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium), Victor Moses (West Ham United, England), Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England), Aminu Umar (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey), Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia), and Brown Ideye (Olympiakos FC, Greece).

Enyeama, Mikel, Moses Return To Super Eagles

Super EaglesVincent Enyeama, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo are among 24 Super Eagles players called up for next month’s international friendlies against Congo DR and Cameroon in Belgium.

The quartet missed out of the 2017 AFCON qualifiers against Tanzania and the friendly with Niger Republic earlier in the month.

Ogenyi Onazi, Elderson Echiejile and Leon Balogun also got called up, as well as former junior international, Shehu Abdullahi and Moses Simon.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Femi Thomas, Chima Akas, Austin Oboroakpo, Paul Onobi and Prince Aggrey are the six players from the Nigerian league invited for the games.

The 2013 AFCON champions will play Congo DR on October 8 and Cameroon three days later in Antwerp, Belgium.

Enyeama Opts Out Of Tanzania Game

enyeamaSuper Eagles Captain and goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama has opted out of this weekend’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania.

Enyeama has asked to be exempted from the trip to Dar es Salaam, owing to personal reasons.

The team will depart for Tanazia on Thursday with the two goalkeepers currently in camp.

They are Wolverhampton Wanderers’ goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme and Sunshine Stars’ Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

Both keepers have so far impressed the Nigerian National Team selectors, who are yet to make a decision on who gets the nod in the absence of Enyeama.

The former African Champions began their 2017 AFCON qualification campaign on a winning note with a 2-nil win against Chad in June.