Siasia Calls Up Mikel, Ighalo, Iheanacho, Iwobi; Drops Balogun, Igboun

Siasia Calls Up Mikel, Ighalo, Iheanacho, Iwobi; Drops Balogun, Igboun

By Nurudeen Obalola:

Interim Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia has invited 42 players for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt coming up later in March.
The returning Eagles coach announced the squad in Abuja on Thursday during a press conference.
Twenty of the invited players are based abroad, most of them the regular features under previous coaches Stephen Keshi and Sunday Oliseh.
Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi leads the regulars along with Watford’s Odion Ighalo, CSKA Moscow’s Ahmed Musa, Monaco’s Elderson Echiejile and Lazio’s Ogenyi Onazi.
Youngsters Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi are also in the squad, while West Ham’s Victor Moses, CSKA Moscow’s Aaron Samuel and South Africa-based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi return.
However, there are no places for Mainz’s Leon Balogun and Oliseh favourites AS Trencin’s Rabiu Ibrahim and Sylvester Igboun based in Russia.
Chisom Chikatara, who just joined Morroco’s Wydad Casablanca, is listed as home-based.
Fanendo Adi, 25, of Major League Soccer side Portland Timbers is one of the big surprises in the list. Striker Adi scored 16 goals in 33 MLS games last season. This is first senior call-up.
The first of the two matches will be held in Kaduna on 25 March with the return billed for Alexandria four days later.


The full Eagles 42-man list

Home-based players

Zenith Ziva

Ikechukwu Ezenwa
Olufemi Thomas
Emmanuel Daniel
Austin Obaroakpo
Kalu Orji
Chibuzor Okonkwo
Matthew Etim
Sincere Seth
Segun Oduduwa
Chima Akas
Chris Madaki
Oke Ogogatewho
Ifeanyi Matthew
Usman Mohammed
Etebo Oghenekaro
Prince Aggreh
Bright Onyekachi
Ezekiel Bassey
Chisom Chikatara
Godwin Obaje
Yau Hassan

Overseas-based players

Carl Ikeme
Daniel Akpeyi
Efe Ambrose
Shehu Abdullahi
Elderson Echiejile
Stanley Amuzie
Godfrey Oboabona
Kenneth Omeruo
Ogenyi Onazi
John Mikel Obi
Kelechi Iheanacho
Azubuike Okechukwu
Ahmed Musa
Victor Moses
Odion Ighalo
Alex Iwobi
Aminu Umar
Aaron Samuel
Fanendo Adi
Moses Simon


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  • Ernest keys 6 years ago

    The team list is a good one, but I strongly believe we’re missing LEON BALOGUN of Mainz FC Germany.

  • Adeniyi A. 6 years ago

    I dont see any difference between Oliseh’s eagles and Siasia’s eagles! why on earth will a coach leave Leon Balogun who is in form and pick Oboabona, Okonkwo and d likes. Balogun’s current form is better than any of the defenders invited, i hope we wont regret this.

  • Dee baba 6 years ago

    S**tlist without Leon balogun

  • Adejumo ganiu 6 years ago

    The team list is not ok If Siasia did not add Ideye Brown of Olympiacos of Greece.

  • oluwaseun moses 6 years ago

    Siasia can not invite everybody at the same time.

  • abifade osahon gildeon 6 years ago

    i think siasia is right, but somebody like balogun should ve been added

  • KOSHONI 6 years ago