by China Acheru
Stephen Keshi has named goalkeeper and skipper Vincent Enyeama and 23 others for next month’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations must-win qualifying tango away and home to Sudan.
Enyeama had asked to be left out of Nigeria’s two games against Congo and South Africa to sort out personal issues.
Victor Moses who moved to Stoke City in the summer was not invited in Nigeria’s previous two games but gets a recall.
However, there was no space in Stephen Keshi’s team for Brown Ideye who moved from Ukraine’s Dinamo Kiev to West Bromwich Albion.
Nigeria and Sudan clash in Khartoum on Saturday, 11th October before trading tackles at the National Stadium, Abuja four days later.
Keshi has also included a handful of new faces, including former junior international Raheem Lawal, China –based striker Aaron Samuel and relatively unknown Anyora Ugonna, who plays in Norway.
There are also opportunities for World Cup star-boy Babatunde Michael, back from injury, Reading of England’s Hope Akpan and Austria – based forward Sunday Emmanuel.
African champions Nigeria must win both matches against pointless Sudan next month to have any realistic chance of reaching the finals in Morocco early next year.
THE FULL LIST:
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France); Austin Ejide (HapoelBe’erSheva, Israel); ChigozieAgbim (Gombe United)
Defenders: EldersonEchiejile (Monaco FC, France); JuwonOshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor FC, Turkey); AzubuikeEgwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, England)
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); OgenyiOnazi (SS Lazio, Italy); NosaIgiebor (Maccabi FC, Israel); OmatsoneAluko (Hull City, England); Hope Akpan (Reading FC, England); RaheemLawal (Eskisehirspor FC, Turkey); AnyoraUgonna (Haugesund FC, Norway)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey); Gbolahan Salami (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); OsaguonaIghodaro (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Victor Moses (Stoke City, England); Aaron Samuel (Guangzhou R & F, China); Aaron Samuel (SV ScholzGrodig, Austria); Babatunde Michael (Volyn Lutsk, Ukraine)