Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has released a provisional squad of 31 players led by Simeon Nwankwo, Terem Moffi, and Abraham Marcus for Nigeria’s international friendly game against five-time African champions Cameroon in Austria on Friday, 4th June 2021.
Nwankwo, popularly known as Simy headlines the list made public with the duo of Moffi and Marcus handed their first-ever callous to the Super Eagles.
Simy is Nigeria’s top scorer in Europe’s top five leagues with 19 goals in the Serie A for Crotone, while Moffi has scored the most goals in a single Ligue 1 season by a Nigerian since Victor Ikpeba in 1998, with 14 goals this season for Lorient.
Portugal-based and little known midfielder, Marcus is the surprise call up, while Enyimba FC’s talented playmaker Anayo Iwuala gets another chance to impress after his cameo appearances against Benin Republic and Lesotho in AFCON qualifiers in March.
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Meanwhile, usual faces like Skipper, Ahmed Musa, deputy captain William Ekong, goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, defenders Kenneth Omeruo and Chidozie Awaziem, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo and forwards Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho and Samuel Chukwueze were also called.
The provisional list of 31 will be cut down to 23 before the Super Eagles fly to Vienna for the clash with perennial rivals Indomitable Lions.
The game will take place at the Wiener Neustadt in the Austrian capital, Vienna starting from 8.30pm Austria time.
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (APOEL Nicosia, Cyprus); John Noble (Enyimba FC); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC)
Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Kevin Akpoguma (Hoffenheim, Germany); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Boavista, Portugal); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Fulham FC, England); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); Tyronne Ebuehi (FC Twente, The Netherlands); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England)
Midfielders: Oghenekaro Etebo (Galatasaray FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Abdullahi Shehu (Omonia Nicosa, Cyprus); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Abraham Marcus (CD Feirense, Portugal)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Kano Pillars FC); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Sadiq Umar (Almeria FC, Spain); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray FC, Turkey); Anayo Iwuala (Enyimba FC); Peter Olayinka (Slavia Praha, Czech Republic); Terem Moffi (FC Lorient, France); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Simy Nwankwo (Crotone FC, Italy)