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Mikel Obi Listed In Super Eagles 25-Man AFCON 2019 Provisional Squad

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has released a 25-man provisional list for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt and there was no place on the roster for Victor Moses, who has refused to rescind his decision to retire from the national team.

Just one player from the Nigerian Professional Football League, second choice goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenw,a of Katsina United, makes the provisional squad of players called up.

A total of ten players owned by English clubs were listed, including Arsenal's Alex Iwobi, Brighton's Leon Balogun, Leicester City pair Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho who has had a torrid season in England.

English Championship stars Semi Ajayi of Rotherham United, Stoke City's Oghenekaro Etebo and returning team captain, John Mikel Obi, who finished the season with Middlesbrough.

Six players, Theophilus Afelokhai, Bryan Idowu, Valentine Ozornwafor, Mikel Agu, Junior Ajayi and Ikouwem Utin have been placed on standby in case of injuries or any withdrawals.

Nigeria's Provisional AFCON Squad:

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa).

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Paderborn 07, Germany); Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United, England).

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Middlesbrough FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Royal Charleroi SC, Belgium); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China); Alexander Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain).

On Standby: Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba FC); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal); Junior Ajayi (Al Ahly, Egypt); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba FC).

The first phase of Nigeria's preparation for the AFCON begins in Asaba on June 2.