Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has recalled the duo of captain, John Obi Mikel, and Kelechi Iheanacho to the team ahead of the TOTALAFCON2019 in Egypt.
Mikel and Iheanacho lead 23 others as Rohr revealed his preliminary 25-man squad, with six players placed on standby for the 2019 AFCON on Tuesday in a list made available to www.aclsports.com.
Middlesbrough star, Mikel, last played for the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, when he captained the team to a group stage exist in Russia.
However, after a clear-the-air talk with Super Eagles coach, Rohr, who visited England recently, the ex-Chelsea player is back in the national team ahead of Africa’s flagship tournament.
Also making a return to the team is Leicester City fringe player, Iheanacho, who lost his place in the team following a poor season at his Premier League club.
Others called up by Rohr include regulars like Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, World Cup hero, Ahmed Musa, John Ogu and Alex Iwobi.
Leading the standby list are Russian born Bryan Idowu, Egypt based Junior Ajayi and Flying Eagles stars, Ikouwem Utin and Valentine Ozornwafor.
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)
Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United, England)
Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Middlesbrough FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Royal Charleroi SC, Belgium); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China); Alexander Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain)
Six On Standby: Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba FC); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal); Junior Ajayi (Al Ahly, Egypt); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba FC)