NIGERIA’S Super Eagles Final 23-Man List For World Cup Released
DESPITE widespread criticism, Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, bold facedly included midfielders Ogenyi Onazi and Joel Obi in the Super Eagles’ final 23-man list for the World cup announced Sunday.
The German manager however dropped fullback Ola Aina and FC Porto midfielder Mikel Agu from the provisional list of 25 players.
Gent’s Simon Moses had been ruled out of the World Cup before the game against England after a third scan on his injured thigh.
Aina and Agu join Moses, Uche Agbo, Junior Lokosa, Stephen Eze and Dele Ajiboye as players dropped from the Super Eagles squad to play in the World Cup at Russia.
Agbo, Lokosa and Eze and Ajiboye had been dropped from the first 30-man squad that was trimmed to 25 players after the farewell friendly against DR Congo in Port Harcout.
Crotone’s Simy Nwankwo, who was a surprise inclusion to the 30-man list was announced as part of the players to the World Cup after convincing Rohr of his abilities.
Surprisingly, Joel Obi who had an unimpressive game against England was named on the list of players to play at the World Cup.
Super Eagles fans across the world have kicked against the inclusion of Ogenyi Onazi and Joel Obi in the World Cup squad citing poor performance, especially after the England friendly.
The Torino midfielder started the game against the Three Lions in place of the unfit Wilfred Ndidi. Ndidi is expected to be fit for the World Cup and he was named in the 23-man list alongside his Leicester City teammates Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa.
Regulars like Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi, Chelsea’s Victor Moses and the captain, John Mikel Obi were on the list of players to feature in Russia.
The Super Eagles head to Austria for the final phase of their World Cup preparations. The team will play against Czech Republic on June 6 in their final friendly before the World Cup.
Nigeria is grouped with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland for the World Cup that starts on June 14.
The Super Eagles play their opening game against Croatia on June 16.
Super Eagles 23-man list
Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba, Nigeria), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain)
William Troost-Ekong (Bursaspor, Turkey), Leon Balogun (Brighton, England), Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea, England), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia), Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal), Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey), Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Tyronne Ebuehi (Benfica, Portugal)
John Mikel Obi (Tianjin Teja, China), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor, Turkey), John Ogu (Hapoel Beer Sheba, Israel) Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England), Oghenekaro Etebo (Feirense, Portugal), Joel Obi (Torino, Italy)
Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China), Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England), Victor Moses (Chelsea, England), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal, England), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone, Italy)
CREDIT: Dada Michaels of ONNLive and Agency report