Nigeria played an unconvincing goalless draw with Cape Verde Last night in Faro, Portugal. But what is more interesting is shortly after the encounter, Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi, finally unveiled his final 23-man list for the Orange Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. Surprisingly, Portland Timberwolves of USA striker, Bright Dike, did not make the cut.
The team which had been camping in Faro for about two weeks under the watchful eyes of Stephen Keshi and his backroom staff, trimmed the number from the initial 32 to 23.
The list includes – Goalkeepers: Ejide Austine, Vincent Enyeama, Chigozie Agbim,
Defenders: Joseph Yobo, Echijile Elderson, Oboabona Godfrey, Efe Ambrose, Egwuekwe Azubuike, Omeruo Kenneth and Oshaniwa Juwon.
Midfielders: Onazi Ogenyi, Ogude Fegor, Reuben Gabriel, Nosa Igiebor, Nwankwo Obiora and Obi Mikel.
Forwards: Ejike Uzoenyi, Sunday Mba, Ikechukwu Uche, Ahmed Musa, Emenike Emmanuel, Victor Moses and Brown Ideye.
Among those dropped by the Big Boss are, Istanbul Büyüksehir Belediyespor of Turkey midfielder, Raheem Lawal, Henry Uche and Benjamin Francis.
Six home-based players were included in the final list, just as 17 players will be making their debut at the fiesta.