Keshi Invites 24 Home-Based, 18 Oversees-Based Players for Malawi Tie.

The head coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi, has called up a total of 24 home-based and 18 foreign-based players to camp ahead of next month’s 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying match against the Flames of Malawi.

Stephen Keshi.
Stephen Keshi.

Only five of the 24 home-based players will eventually join the 18 overseas-based players for the September 7 encounter, as well as for the international friendly match against the Etalons of Burkina Faso in Kaduna on September 10.

VVV Venlo of Netherland striker Uche Nwofor, Newcastle United’s Shola Ameobi, Real Betis midfielder Nosa Igiebor and Lokomotiv Moscow forward Obinna Nsofor have been shortlisted for the qualifier.

Other foreign-based invitees are Goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama and Austin Ejide, defenders Efe Ambrose and Elderson Echiejile, midfielders John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi and Victor Moses and forwards Emmanuel Emenike, Ahmed Musa and Brown Ideye.

Godfrey Obaobona, who is on the verge of a move to Rizespor of Turkey has also been invited. Others home-based players are goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim, defenders Azubuike Eguwuekwe, Solomon Kwambe and Benjamin Francis as well as midfielders Sunday Mba and forward Muhammed Gambo.

“We are calling up 24 home boys in order to be able to identify new players for the 2014 African Nations Championship, for which we have already qualified,” Keshi said.

All 24 home boys are expected at the Bolton White Hotel, Abuja on Sunday, 24 August, while the 18 foreign-based players are expected to arrive unfailingly in Calabar on Monday, September 2.

Having racked up 7 points, Malawi trail Nigeria who are on nine points and will have to avoid defeat to qualify for the playoff round of the 2014 World Cup qualifying series.

The venue for the match is the UJ Esuene Stadium Calabar.

List of Home-Based Players.

Goalkeepers: Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers); Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland FC)

Defenders: Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars); Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars); Umar Zango (Kano Pillars); Benjamin Francis (Heartland FC); Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars); Chibuzor Okonkwo (Enugu Rangers); Yinka Adedeji (Sharks FC); Ganiyu Ogungbe (Kwara United)

Midfielders: Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers); Solomon Jabason (Akwa United); Olufemi Oladapo (Shooting Stars); Etebo Oghene (Warri Wolves); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars); Moses Orkuma (Lobi Stars)

Forwards: Muhammad Gambo (Kano Pillars); Ifeanyi Edeh (Enyimba FC); Mbah Ezekiel (Akwa United); Barnabas Imenger (Lobi Stars); Izu Azuka (Sunshine Stars); Dimgba Stanley (Kwara United); Osadaiye Joseph (Warri Wolves)


Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille FC, France); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Braga, Portugal); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); James Okwuosa (Chippa United, South Africa)

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Fegor Ogude (Valerenga FC, Norway); John Ogu (Academica de Coimbra, Portugal); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Nnamdi Oduamadi (AC Milan, Italy); Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain)

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



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