Russian Federation 2018: Rohr releases 30-man provisional list

Russian Federation 2018: Rohr releases 30-man provisional list

Russian Federation 2018: Rohr releases 30-man provisional list

Nigeria's Kelechi Iheanacho (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring the team's first goal during an global friendly football match between Argentina and Nigeria in Krasnodar on November 14, 2017.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had on Monday released Coach Gernot Rohr's 30-man provisional squad for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho, Dele Ajiboye, Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

The defence has Turkey-based Kenneth Omeruo, William Troost-Ekong and Shehu Abdullahi while Cercle Brugge's 30-year-old Elderson Echiejile, Leon Balogun, Ola Aina, Tyronne Ebuehi, and Nantes centre-back Chidozie Awaziem also made the cut.

Joining Mikel in the midfield are Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (UD Las Palmas, Spain); John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Israel); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Joel Obi (Torino FC, Italy); and Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey).

Amaraizu, who is NLO's Director in-charge of the South-East, said that Rohr and his technical team must have taken pains and time to study the list over and over again.

"These are the best legs without a doubt; majority of them took us through the qualifiers unbeaten in a tough group with a game to spare, so we are confident they have what it takes to deliver in Russian Federation".

Okala, who is the longest goalkeeper for Nigeria, however, said that he was happy for the new entrants into the squad - Junior Lokosa and Simeon Nwankwo.

The veteran coach told NAN that Rohr should be commended for the quality of players that he selected for the preparations for the World Cup in Russian Federation.

"It clearly shows that the Nigerian leagues are all growing and producing quality players capable of shouldering global responsibility for the country, " he added.

Legendary Super Eagles goalkeeper, Peter Rufai would not go with the popular call for Francis Uzoho to be the anointed first choice goalkeeper at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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