Nigeria calls up Ezenwa, Odey for CHAN qualifier

Pius Ayinor

Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, strikers Alhassan Ibrahim and Stephen Odey and 27 others have been called up for the CHAN qualifier by Super Eagles assistant coach Salisu Yusuf reports

Yusuf has named a 30-man roster for a camp ahead of a 2018 African Nations Championship qualifying fixture against the winners between Togo and Benin Republics.

There are four goalkeepers, nine defenders, eight midfielders and nine strikers in all. The list includes some players that trained with the A Team in Paris last month: Ikechukwu, Ezenwa, Odey, Sikiru Olatubosun and Alhassan Ibrahim.

Nigeria Professional Football League champions Rangers and Akwa United four players each in the build up followed by Enyimba, FC IfeanyiUbah and Lobi Stars who have three players each.

Nigeria, 2014 bronze medallists, will lock horns with the winner of a preliminary fixture between the West African neighbours, with the first leg taking place on the weekend of 11th – 13th August in either Cotonou or Lome, and the return leg in Nigeria on Saturday, 19th August.

Nigeria Team

Goalkeepers : Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC), Okiemute Odah (Lobi Stars), Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United)

Defenders : Jamiu Alimi (Kano Pillars); Orji Kalu (Rangers International); Stephen Eze (FC IfeanyiUbah); Ariwachukwu Emmanuel (Akwa United); Elisha Golbe (Plateau United); Chima Akas (Enyimba FC); Nasiru Sani (Katsina United), Osas Okoro (Rangers International), Chinedu Ajanah (ABS FC)

Midfielders : Hafiz Aremu (Akwa United); Emeka Atuloma (Rivers United); Raphael Ayagwa (Lobi Stars); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars), Samuel Mathias (El-Kanemi Warriors), Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United), Chiamaka Madu (Rangers International)

Forwards: Mfon Udoh (Enyimba FC); Prince Aggreh (FC IfeanyiUbah); Sikiru Olatubosun (MFM FC), Thomas Zenke (Nasarawa United); Austin Oladapo (Gombe United), Stephen Odey (MFM FC); Kingsley Eduwo (Lobi Stars), SundayAdetunji (Abia Warriors), Ifeanyi George (Rangers International