“Operation Kenya Must Fall”: Keshi invites 39 stars for Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier

Posted by News Express | 8 March 2013 | 4,306 times

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Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has unveiled a combined list of 40 star ball jugglers for this month’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against the Harambee Stars of Kenya. The Group F match involving table-topping Nigeria (four points) and bottom-placed Kenya (one point) is scheduled for the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, on Saturday, March 23.

Yesterday, Keshi released a list of 15 overseas-based professionals that included 11 members of the squad that lifted the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa on February 10. Obafemi Martins makes a return, with Ukraine-based Babatunde Michael, who played for the Dream Team at the inaugural CAF U-23 Championship in Morocco 15 months ago, as a surprise call-up.

Keshi had on March 5 invited 24 home-based players to camp, among them Africa Cup of Nations stars Sunday Mba and Godfrey Oboabona. The camp (Bolton White Apartments, Abuja) opens this Sunday, March 10.

The full list:

Goalkeepers: Chigozie Agbim, Rangers; Daniel Akpeyi, Heartland; Dele Ajiboye, 3SC; Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel).

Defenders: Azubuike Egwueke, Warri Wolves; Papa Idris, Kano Pillars; Godfrey Oboabona, Sunshine Stars; Benjamin Francis, Heartland; Solomon Kwambe, Heartland;  Chibuzor Okonkwo, Rangers; Ezekiel Bassey, Lobi Stars; Mohamed Zubaru, Niger Tornadoes and Umar Zango, Kano Pillars; Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Elderson Echiejile (FC Braga, Portugal); Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands).

Midfielders & Forwards: Reuben Gabriel, Kano Pillars; Gomo Ohanduku, Sharks; Mannir Ubale, Kano Pillars; Sunday Mba, Warri Wolves; Gambo Muhammed, Kano Pillars; Pius Samson, Ranchers Bees; Obinna Nwachukwu, Heartland; Saka Ayo, Enyimba; Jiya Muhammed, Bayelsa FC; Emeka Ezeh, Rangers; Anthony Okputu, Lobi Stars; Adepoju Taofeek, 3SC; John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Fegor Ogude (Valerenga FC, Norway); John Ogu (Academica de Coimbra, Portugal); Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Babatunde Michael (Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine); Nnamdi Oduamadi (A.S Varese 1910 FC, Italy); Obafemi Martins (Levante FC, Spain).

•Photo: Obafemi Martins makes a return to the team after being left out of the Nations Cup.

Source: News Express

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