2017 AFCON Qualifier: Surprises as Oliseh calls up 5 new faces for Tanzania game

Posted by News Express | 18 August 2015 | 4,053 times

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Super Eagles’ Head Coach Sunday Oliseh on Monday in Abuja released a list of 18 overseas-based players for their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Tanzania.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the game billed for Sept. 4 in Dar es Salaam is a Match Day Two fixture in the qualifiers for Gabon 2017.

First choice goalkeeper and team captain Vincent Enyeama headlines the list which also has defenders Godfrey Oboabona, Leon Balogun and Kenneth Omeruo.

It also has midfielders Rabiu Ibrahim, LukmanHaruna and Joel Obi, as well as forwards Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Emenike and Anthony Ujah.

There are however a number of surprises, and this appears to be in line with Oliseh’s earlier pledge to make current form and first–level football key indices for selection.

These are goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, midfielder Ernest Uzochukwu and forwards Emem Eduok, Sylvester Igboun and Moses Simon.

All the 18 players are expected in Abuja latest on Monday, Aug. 31, and will join the 23 home-based players who arrived camp in Abuja on Monday.


Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France); Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England)

Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia); Godfrey Oboabona (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); William Troost Ekong (FK Haugesund, Norway); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK, Turkey)

Midfielders: Joel Obi (Torina FC, Italy); Ernest Uzochukwu (FC Amkar Perm, Russia); Obiora Nwankwo (Coimbra FC, Portugal); Lukman Haruna (Anzhi Machatsjkala, Russia); Rabiu Ibrahim (AS Trencin, Slovakia)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emem Eduok (Esperance ST, Tunisia); Emmanuel Emenike (Al Ain, UAE); Anthony Ujah (Werder Bremen, Germany); Sylvester Igboun (FC UFA, Russia); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium) (NAN)

•Photo shows new call-up Carl Ikeme in action.

Source: News Express

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