Musa in the running for the 100th selection, Ughelumba called for the first time
The 2022 Fifa World Cup The qualifying campaign for the Super Eagles resumes on October 7 as the Nigerian team host the Central African Republic at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos with Gernot Rohr making a call to Ahmed Musa which could allow him to accumulate his selection of 100 tons for the national team.
Rohr also handed Glasgow Rangers left-back Calvin Bassey Ughelumba a first call-up while Hoffenheim’s Kevin Akpoguma and Frank Onyeka return to the squad after missing both games against Liberia and Cape Verde in early September because of disease and COVID 19 respectively. .
The 22-player squad will continue the double-sided matches against the Central African Republic in Lagos on October 7 before heading to Douala, where CAR will play their home matches, on October 10. Nigeria lead Africa’s Group C World Cup qualifiers with the maximum six points from two matches and two more wins will almost guarantee them a ticket to the final qualifying round scheduled for March 2022.
The last series of matches saw Rohr use the whole squad due to the redlist of some countries by the UK government. EPL and Scottish Premiership players were not allowed to travel to Cape Verde. Two players, Innocent Bonke and Kingsley Michael, made their international debuts against Cape Verde.
The 22-man team
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Paderborn 07, Germany); Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Calvin Ughelumba (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Kevin Akpoguma (TSG Hoffenheim, Germany)
Midfielder : Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Innocent Bonke (Malmo FF, Sweden); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England)
Forward: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Samuel Kalu (FC Bordeaux, France); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Moïse Simon (FC Nantes, France); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia).
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