Eight NPFL stars receive invites to Mexico-Ecuador friendlies

The clamor to have players from the national scene in the Super Eagles setup has yielded positive results as eight NPFL players were named in the latest national team roster released on Tuesday.

With the Super Eagles yet to find a substantial manager, the team’s first assistant manager, Salisu Yusuf, has released a 30-man list for the upcoming international friendlies against Mexico’s men’s national ‘A’ teams. and Ecuador in the United States. America.

Yusuf, who is also the head coach of CHAN and U23 teams, included eight local professional players including goalkeepers Adewale Adeyinka and Ojo Olorunleke, defender Ibrahim Buhari and forwards Victor Mbaoma and Ishaq Rafiu.

Apart from the home front players, players like captain Ahmed Musa, vice William Troost-Ekong and striker Moses Simon are all included in the 30-man list.

However, regular faces like Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi were left out of the double friendlies.

Three-time African champions Nigeria take on Mexico at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, May 28, before flying to New Jersey to take on Ecuador at Red Bull Arena in Harrison on Thursday. June 2.

As stated in the official press release issued by the NFF, only 25 players will feature on the final roster for the tour, which is in preparation for next month’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Super Eagles will face Sierra Leone in Abuja on June 9 and São Tomé & Príncipe in Marrakech, Morocco on June 13.

Complete list

Guardians: Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands); Adewale Adeyinka (Akwa United); Ojo Olorunleke (Enyimba FC)

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Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Isa Ali (Remo Stars); Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Calvin Bassey (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ibrahim Buhari (United Plateau)

Midfielders: Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Watford FC, England); Chiamaka Madu (Rivers United); Babatunde Afeez Nosiru (Kwara United); Azubuike Okechukwu (Yeni Malatyaspor, Turkey); Samson Tijani (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria); Alhassan Yusuf (Royal Antwerp FC, Belgium)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Ademola Lookman (Leicester City, England); Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria, Spain); Emmanuel Dennis (Watford FC, England); Cyriel Dessers (Feyenoord FC, Netherlands); Victor Mbaoma (Enyimba FC); Ishaq Rafiu (Rivers United)

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