By Kennedy Pwaspo.
Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr has unveiled his 24-man squad
ahead of the double header 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone.
The German tactician recalled Leicester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, who has been in fine form for the Premier League side after previously falling off the radar, and Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi who continues to dazzle in the South African top-flight.
Debutants, Kingsley Ehizibue of FC Koln in Germany and Cyril Dessers of Heracles Almelo in The Netherlands, would be hoping to earn their first caps for the Super Eagles as the team host the Leone Stars at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on Friday, March 27, before flying to Freetown for the return fixture four days later.
Victory in both games will guarantee Nigeria qualification for the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament scheduled for Cameroon next year.
See the full list of invited players below:
Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany
Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Wigan Athletic, England); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Kingsley Ehizibue (FC Koln, Germany)
Midfielders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Etebo Oghenekaro (Getafe FC, Spain); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Cyril Dessers (Heracles Almelo, The Netherlands); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France).