Keshi Invites Emenike, Ameobi for Mandela Challenge, Drops Enyeama.

Stephen Keshi and Emmanuel Emenike.
Stephen Keshi and Emmanuel Emenike.

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has invited the duo of Shola Ameobi and Emmanuel Emenike to the 20-man Super Eagles camp for the high-profile international friendly against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Durban on August 14.

The encounter is part of the matches fixed for the annual Mandela Challenge at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in honour of the ailing former South Africa President, Nelson Mandela.

Top scorer of the 29th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Emmanuel Emenike, returns to the squad after a hamstring injury had sidelined him for months.

Newcastle FC striker, Shola Ameobi, who recently disclosed the expiration of a clause that had prevented him from featuring for Eagles, will be in contention.

Chelsea FC winger Victor Moses is also back, while Obinna Nsofor has been called up for the encounter.

However, goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama is left out. Former junior international forward, Uche Nwofor of VVV Venlo in the Netherlands is a surprise inclusion to the list dominated by last month’s FIFA Confederations Cup squad players.

Coach Keshi has placed three home-based players on standby: defenders Benjamin Francis and Solomon Kwambe and striker Mohammed Gambo.

GOALKEEPERS: Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria).

DEFENDERS: Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea FC, England); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Braga, Portugal).

MIDFIELDERS: Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Fegor Ogude (Valerenga FC, Norway); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); John Ogu (Academica de Coimbra, Portugal); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Nnamdi Oduamadi (AC Milan, Italy); Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria).

FORWARDS: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine); Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United, England); Emmanuel Emenike (Spartak Moscow, Russia); Obinna Nsofor (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); Uche Nwofor (VVV Venlo, Netherlands).


  1. keshi is sentimental,bias and tribal-ethno conflict person who is also egomanic in nature this atitude of his can’t put nigeria football foward,he should change and invite the likes of marthins obafemi,taiye taiwo and osaze peter odewengie

  2. Keshi is gud enough, but he have bring in the oldest striker martins obafemi, chidi odia, ikechucku uche, victor anichebe dele adeleye, haruna lukuman and sani kaita. Dropping enyama is a prblem.

  3. I think is ok by me but the only person left out in that squad i want to see is osaze peter odewengie
    that guy still have allot to offer in the team.i will love to see that guy in action with super eagles.


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