Nigeria Technical Adviser Augustine Eguavoen has summoned the country’s best players globally including midfielder Wifred Ndidi as well as forwards Osimhen, Simon and Kelechi Iheanacho in the Super Eagles squad to play in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 play-off match with the Black Stars of Ghana this month.
The stand-in coach of the Super Eagles also called other superstar attackers Joe Aribo, Odion Ighalo and Samuel Chukwueze in his quest to destroy the Black Stars in the two-legged decisive encounter.
The captain Ahmed Musa and his deputy William Ekong were also named in the provisional list of 32 players to decide which country picks the ticket to the World Cup in Qatar
In addition, goalkeepers Maduka Okoye and Daniel Akpeyi, defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Oluwasemilogo Ajayi and Abdullahi Shehu, midfielders Oghenekaro Etebo and Joseph Ayodele were named showing that Nigeria commands more top notch players than the Black Stars.
Leicester City FC of England forward Ademola Lookman, recently cleared by FIFA to change his international affiliation along with ex- U17 World Cup star Akinkunmi Amoo will be officially named as the initial time while the defenders Calvin Bassey and forward Emmanuel Dennis are back in the fold of the three-time African champions.
2021 AFCON forwards Taiwo Awoniyi and Peter Olayinka as well as defensive defender Chidozie Awaziem, and the longtime absence of Ogenyi Onazi are in a seven-man standby list.
The camp begins in Abuja on the 21st of March with a 24-man final list of the two major games due to be announced at a later time.
Nigeria will face Ghana in the 20,000-capacity Cape Coast Sports Stadium as at 7.30pm on the 25th of March, Friday The reverse match is scheduled in Abuja’s Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on the 29th of March, starting at 6pm.
The team who wins over two legs will be awarded one of the five Africa tickets at the 22nd FIFA World Cup finals, which will take place between 14th November and 18th December in Qatar.