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Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has invited 24 players for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying games against Sierra Leone later this month.

Nigeria would face the Leone stars twice in the next International break, first in Asaba on Friday, March 27, before flying to Freetown for the return leg four days later at the Siaka Stevens Stadium.

To execute both games, Nigeria's technical adviser and head coach, Rohr, has invited 23 foreign-based players and just one from the NPFL.

The team's captain, Ahmed Musa, his vice, William Ekong, and most of the other regular names in the team retain their slots while the duo of Leon Balogun and Kelechi Iheanacho get a recall after some time out of the team.

Two foreign-born Nigerian players, Cyril Dessers and Kingsley Ehizibue, have been given a maiden call-up to the team after pledging their international allegiance to the three-time African champions.

There are no changes in the goalkeeping department, with Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Maduka Okoye invited, as Francis Uzoho continues his recuperation from a knee injury.

Having won their first two games against Benin Republic and Lesotho, the Super Eagles are at the top of Group L and victories in both games against Sierra Leone will virtually guarantee Nigeria a spot at the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for Cameroon early next year.

The full 24-man list

Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); and 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 Paderborn 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); and 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); and Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France).

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