players who will fight for shirts in the 2014 African Nations
Championship final qualifying leg against the Elephants of Cote
d’Ivoire, in Abidjan on July 27.
All the players are expected to report in Abuja on Monday, 15th July.
Only 20 players will make the trip to Cote d’Ivoire’s industrial and
economic capital on July 24.
Keshi has invited four new players, including one defender, one
midfielder and two strikers, in line with a pledge to inject a few new
faces following last Saturday’s opening leg win at the Ahmadu Bello
Kwara United’s former junior international defender Ganiyu Ogungbe,
Kano Pillars’ midfielder Rabiu Mohammed, junior international striker
Abdullahi Gero of Enugu Rangers and Osadinye Joseph of Warri Wolves
are the new birds at hand.
Ace playmaker Sunday Mba, who scored two goals and made two others in
the commanding 4-1 win, tops the list that also includes goalkeeper
and skipper Chigozie Agbim, defenders Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike
Egwuekwe and Chibuzor Okonkwo, as well as midfielders Olufemi Oladapo
and Ayo Saka, and forwards Muhammad Gambo, Ifeanyi Edeh and Dele
Having never previously qualified for the African Nations Championship
– the flagship tournament for players plying their trade in their
country’s domestic League in the continent – Nigeria has a firm leg in
next year’s finals in South Africa, and Coach Keshi has promised there
would be no room for the Ivorians to attempt a spectacular come-back
in the return leg at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny.
GOALKEEPERS: Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers FC); Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland FC)
DEFENDERS: Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves FC); Godfrey Oboabona
(Sunshine Stars FC); Ganiyu Ogungbe (Kwara United FC); Kwambe Solomon
(Sunshine Stars FC); Chibuzor Okonkwo (Enugu Rangers FC); Kunle
Odunlami (Sunshine Stars FC); Benjamin Francis (Heartland FC); Ezekiel
Bassey (Lobi Stars FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers FC); Rabiu Ali (Kano
Pillars FC); Olufemi Oladapo (Shooting Stars FC); Ayo Saka (Enyimba
FC); Mohammed Jia (Bayelsa United FC)
STRIKERS: Muhammad Gambo (Kano Pillars); Gomo Onduku (Bayelsa United
FC); Ifeanyi Edeh (Enyimba FC); Ezekiel Mbah (Akwa United FC);
Abdullahi Gero (Enugu Rangers FC); Osadinye Joseph (Warri Wolves FC);
Haruna Babalo (El-Kanemi Warriors FC); Etebo Oghene (Warri Wolves FC);
Dele Olorundare (Sunshine Stars FC)