Keshi picks Agbim, Egwuekwe, 21 others for CHAN
Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has picked first choice goalkeeper and
skipper Chigozie Agbim, defender Azubuike Egwuekwe, midfielder Joshua
Obaje and forward Gbolahan Salami among 23 players that will represent
Nigeria at the 3rd African Nations Championship in South Africa.
Usual suspects Solomon Kwambe, Francis Benjamin, Kunle Odunlami, Umar
Zango, Barnabas Imenger, Daniel Akpeyi and Ifeanyi Ede also make the
list, but former junior internationals Abdullahi Shehu and Christian
Pyagbara also make the cut, with FIFA U-17 World Cup winner Dele
Alampasu expectedly joining the big boys so early.
Nigeria take on host South Africa, Mali and Mozambique in Group A of
the championship reserved for senior players plying their trade in the
domestic League of their countries. The competition runs from 11th
January – 1st February, 2014 in three South African cities.
In his quest to win the tournament just as he did at the full-strength
Africa Cup of Nations staged in the same country early 2013, Coach
Keshi has picked three goalkeepers, eight defenders, six midfielders
and six forwards.
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Agbim, Kwambe, Benjamin and Egwuekwe are integral part of Nigeria’s A
Team, while Pyagbara and Shehu played for the Flying Eagles at the
African Youth Championship in Algeria and the FIFA U-20 World Cup in
Turkey in 2013.
Alampasu was selected as the Best Goalkeeper as Nigeria’s U-17 side
cruised to a record fourth win at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the
United Arab Emirates October/November 2013.
GOALKEEPERS: Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers); Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland
FC); Dele Alampasu (Abuja Football College)
DEFENDERS: Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars); Francis Benjamin
(Heartland FC); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Kunle Odunlami
(Sunshine Stars); Ikechukwu Gabriel (Bayelsa United); Umar Zango (Kano
Pillars); Bright Esieme (Enyimba FC); Erhun Obanor (Insurance FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Ugonna Uzochukwu (Enugu Rangers); Rabiu Ali (Kano
Pillars); Christian Pyagbara (Sharks FC); Ikenna Hilary (Sunshine
Stars); Abdullahi Shehu (Kano Pillars); Joshua Obaje (Warri Wolves)
FORWARDS: Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers); Gbolahan Salami (Shooting
Stars); Barnabas Imenger (Lobi Stars); Aliyu Ibrahim (Nasarawa
United); Christian Obiozor (Enugu Rangers); Ifeanyi Ede (Enyimba FC)