Super Eagles regulars missing as Rohr invite Iwuala, 24 other NPFL stars for Mexico clash
A few Nigerian stars will be making their international debuts when the African giants take on the Concacaf kings in next month’s friendly
Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has invited 25 players all drawn from the Nigerian Professional Football League for Nigeria’s friendly encounter versus Mexico on July 4.
There is no single Europe-based star on the list, with national team regulars such as captain Ahmed Musa, vice-captain William Troost-Ekong, and Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, as well as Genk’s Paul Onuachu.
All of them were available when the three-time African champions trade tackles with Cameroon across two friendly matches earlier this month.
Instead, coach Rohr has put his trust in goalkeepers John Noble and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, as well as exciting Enyimba winger Anayo Iwuala.
Also invited are Rivers’ United ace Ifeanyi Anaemena, Enyimba FC midfielder Ekundayo Ojo and forwards Ibrahim Olawoyin (Rangers International) and Stephen Jude (Kwara United).
Nigeria take on Mexico, the CONCACAF Gold Cup holders, at the famous Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the State of California, the United States of America, on July 4th.
Earlier, Mexico coach Gerard Martino announced a 45-man list of players expected to participate in the country’s MexTour Series that will see them play three matches before clashing with Nigeria.
Nigeria squad list
Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); John Noble (Enyimba FC)
Defenders: Olisa Ndah (Akwa United); Adekunle Adeleke (Abia Warriors); Tope Olusesi (Rangers International); Ifeanyi Anaemena (Rivers United); Christopher Nwaeze (Kwara United); Enyinnaya Kazie (Rivers United); Mohammed Zirkiflu (Plateau United); Imoh Ubot (Enyimba FC); Tebo Franklin Degaulle (Nasarawa United); Lawal Oriyomi Murtala (Kwara United)
Midfielders: Anthony Shimaga (Rangers International); Seth Mayi (Akwa United); Uche Nwasonaya (Plateau United); Samuel Nnoshiri (Katsina United); Ekundayo Ojo (Enyimba FC)
Forwards: Anayo Iwuala (Enyimba FC); Stephen Jude (Kwara United); Ibrahim Olawoyin (Rangers International); Charles Ashimene (Akwa United); Chinonso Ezekwe (Rangers International); Auwalu Ali Malam (Kano Pillars); Neurot Emmanuel (Plateau United); Abdulmutalif Sanusi (Katsina United).
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