Coach Samson Siasia has enlisted a 21-man party for Saturday’s All-Africa Games qualifying match against Gabon in Libreville.
The list includes 16 players from the domestic league and five overseas-based professionals.
Former Nigeria Under-20 international Abdullahi ‘alhaji’ Gero was the surprise omission from the Under-23 National Team’s list; however, Siasia has kept faith on 21-year-old Arsenal forward Alexander Iwobi, Enyimba’s Peter Onyekachi in the attack.
Another former Under-20 star Aminu Umar and Warri Wolves forward Freedom Omofonma will both not be boarding the flight to Libereville on Wednesday evening, having arrived late to camp.
Full list of 21 players for Gabon:
Goalkeepers: Daniel Emmanuel, Akande Abiodun
Defenders: Obanor Erhun, Okorom Stanley, Oduduwa Segun, Sani Faisal, Sincere Seth, Atanda Sodiq
Midfielders: Azubuike Okechukwu, Godwin Savior, Tiongoli Tonbara, Saliu Popoola, Oshobe Oladele, Mohammed Usman, Kingsley Sokari
Forwards: Etebo Oghenekaro, Ajayi Junior, Peter Onyekachi, Iwobi Alex, Paul Onwachu