Nations Cup: Onazi to lead Eagles as Rohr names squad

Trabzonspor of Turkey midfielder Ogenyi Onazi is to lead the Super Eagles against Seychelles as the team flag off quest for ticket to the 2019 African Cup of Nations to be hosted by Cameroon.

Onazi who was named Assistant captain of the team was at a point dropped following ledged squabble with team captain John Obi Mikel, a brouhaha which both players later denied.  Super Eagles coach who few days back inspected the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna with a view to selecting home base for  the team’s home matches, Friday, released his  23-man list ahead of the match away to Seychelles on September 8.

Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel who only picked up recently no thanks to injury missing five league matches in the Chinese Super league after the World cup in Russia has pulled out of the Seychelles tie.

Also missing in the squad is Chelsea winger Victor Moses who announced recently he is done with the national team and is now set to concentrate on family and club assignments.

Kelechi Nwakali made the list and is expected to prove himself in the middle of the pack.

Also called up is the duo of SC Paderborn left-back Jamilu Collins and former Arsenal rookie, Semiu Ajayi. Expectedly Ahmed Musa who made fans in Russia despite Super Eagles early exit from the show will lead the attack.

Below is the full list of the 23-man squad with Uche Agbo Stephen Eze Blessing Eleke Musa Mohammed taking the standby bench.


GOALKEEPERS: Francis Uzoho, Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechuwu Ezenwa

DEFENDERS: Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Chidozie Awaziem, Bryan Idowu, Ola Aina, Jamiu Colllins, Semiu Ajayi, Kenneth Omeruo

MIDFIELDERS: Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi, Joel Obi, John Ogu, Karo Etebo, Kelechi Nwakali

FORWARDS: Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo, Simy Nwankwo, Alex Iwobi, Henry Onyekuru, Samuel Kalu, Kelechi Iheanacho

STANDBY: Uche Agbo Stephen Eze Blessing Eleke Musa Mohammed.


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