Keshi Calls Omeruo, Gabriel, 23 others for Ethiopia, Italy Ties
Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has invited 25 players to
execute the two big games against Ethiopia and Italy that the African
champions will execute in Calabar and London respectively within 48
First comes the 2014 FIFA World Cup final qualifying match against the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia, at the U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar on Saturday, 16th November, a fixture the Eagles lead 2-1 from the first leg in Addis Ababa on 13th October.
Two days later, the African champions take on four-time World
champions Italy at the Craven Cottage ground of English Premiership
club, Fulham FC in a high-profile friendly in London.
Coach Keshi has recalled brilliant young defender Kenneth Omeruo, a
key component of his 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winning squad, as well as the rugged and attack-minded midfielder Reuben Gabriel.
Both men were out injured for months. Omeruo disclocated a troubled
shoulder at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil in the summer while
Gabriel would be happy to be fully fit after sitting on the bench all
through the Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
Stand-in skipper Vincent Enyeama is called alongside goalkeepers
Austin Ejide and Chigozie Agbim, while South Africa-based defender
James Okwuosa and strikers Obinna Nsofor and Uche Nwofor also keep
their places. The list also includes Africa Cup of Nations top scorer
and two-goal hero in Addis Ababa, Emmanuel Emenike.
All the players are expected to report at the Metropolitan Transcorp
Hotel, Calabar on Monday, 11th November, 2013.
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille FC, France); Austin Ejide (Hapoel
Be’er Sheva, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria)
Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Braga, Portugal); Benjamin
Francis (Heartland FC, Nigeria); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland);
Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria); Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor
FC, Turkey); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); James Okwuosa
(Chippa United, South Africa); Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea FC, England)
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Victor Moses
(Liverpool FC, England); John Ogu (Academica de Coimbra, Portugal);
Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Nnamdi Oduamadi (Brescia Calcio 1911,
Italy); Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain); Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers,
Nigeria); Reuben Gabriel (Kilmarnock FC, Scotland)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv,
Ukraine); Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United, England); Emmanuel Emenike
(Fenerbahce FC, Turkey); Obinna Nsofor (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia);
Uche Nwofor (SC Heerenveen, The Netherlands)