Nigeria unveils 30-man provisional list for FIFA World Cup


Only six players in the provisional squad have previously represented Nigeria at the World Cup.

"It is a true reflection of what most Nigerians wanted, " Amaraizu said on Tuesday in Enugu.

Okala said that he personally saw the provisional list as a good list "with lots of hope in it".

"He (Rohr) is in charge and I know he always do the best for the country".

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In attack, Al Ahly forward Junior Ajayi was left out alongside Malaga striker, Brown Ideye, with the coach preferring to give Lokosa, who has scored 18 goals in 20 games in the domestic league, and Nwankwo, who grabbed seven goals in 22 Serie A outings in the outgoing season, their chances to make the trip to Russian Federation.

"Bearing this in mind, I make bold to tell you that the players will surprise the world and themselves at the Mundial". He is simply a great player.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has revealed that the absence of goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is his biggest regret going into next month's World Cup in Russian Federation.

GOALKEEPERS: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United), Francis Uzoho, (Deportivo de La Coruna) and Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United).

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The Midfielders include Mikel Obi (Captain), Joel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel Agu, Etebo Oghenekaro, John Ogu, Uche Ago and Wilfred Ndidi.

The attackers are Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); and another newcomer, Nwankwo Simeon (Crotone FC, Italy).

The defence has Turkey-based Kenneth Omeruo, William Troost-Ekong and Shehu Abdullahi while Cercle Brugge's 30-year-old Elderson Echiejile, Leon Balogun, Ola Aina, Tyronne Ebuehi, and Nantes centre-back Chidozie Awaziem also made the cut.

Legendary Super Eagles goalkeeper, Peter Rufai would not go with the popular call for Francis Uzoho to be the anointed first choice goalkeeper at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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