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).

AFCON 2017: Chad Game, A Must Win – Keshi

keshiNigeria’s Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, says the team must win the Chadians in Saturday’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match to make progress in its quest to be in Gabon for the tournament in 2017.     

Coach Keshi, who spoke ahead of the match against the Les Sao of Chad at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, explained that despite the fact that the team parades a complete set of new players, the Eagles had all it takes to qualify at the group stage to book a place in Gabon.

During a news conference at the Eagles Intercontinental Hotel base in Kaduna, Nigeria’s north-west on Wednesday, the Eagles coach said the Chadian team parade quite a number of professional players and therefore should not be underrated.

He also described Nigeria’s absence at the last Nations Cup as a disaster which must not be allowed to happen again.

Mr Keshi had earlier expressed optimism that the re-branded Super Eagles would fly over the Chadian side.

Captain of the team, Vincent Enyeama and Odion Ighalo of the newly promoted Watford FC of England also expressed confidence that the team had all it takes to defeat the Chadians on Saturday.