Onukogu Kanayochuqu Jubal
Mountain of Fire and Miracles (MFM) FC’s forward Stephen Odey, Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi and Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho are three of the 25 players invited by the Super Eagles’ technical adviser, Gernot Rohr, for the planned camping programme in France and the international friendly match against the Corsica Senior National Team later this month.
The three-time African champions would open camp in Corsica on May 24 and then play against the Corsican side two days later, before moving to Paris for the second-phase of the camping programme ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana, LEADERSHIP Sport has learnt.
The Eagles, unbeaten in a competitive game at senior level by South Africa since that country returned to international football 25 years ago, would go up against them again at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Saturday, June 10, 2017.
While Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Carl Ikeme is injured and would not be in action, IfeanyiUbah FC’s safe pair of hands, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, would have to duke it out with Cesarense FC (Portugal)’s Dele Alampasu to fill in that void.
Besides reinstating his trust in Manchester City bit-part player, Iheanacho, Rohr called on the NPFL’s coveted striker, Odey, newbies Tyrone Ebuehi, Chidozie Awaziem, Mikel Agu and Noah Serenren-Bazee could get a chance to wear the national colours for the first time.
Chelsea’s Ola Aina and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi have been permitted to feature for their respective clubs in the English FA Cup final on May 27, before joining the squad in Paris.
The Full List: Goalkeepers Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah), Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal)Defenders Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany), William Ekong (KAA Gent, Belgium), Uche Agbo (CF Granada, Spain), Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus), Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands), Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Gijon, Spain), Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal)
Midfielders Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England), Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel), Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal), Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United FC)
Forwards Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Stephen Odey (MFM FC); Olanrewaju Kayode (FC Austria Wien, Austria); Isaac Success (Watford FC, England); Noah Serenren-Bazee (Hannover 96, Germany); Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg FC, Germany); Sikiru Olatubosun (MFM FC)