Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has named 25 players ahead of next month’s double friendly matches against the Elephant of Cote d’Ivoire and the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in Austria, handing first-time call ups to CSKA Moscow’s Chidera Ejuke and TSV Hartberg’s Samson Tijani.

Ejuke, an explosive winger, has hit the ground running with CSKA Moscow since moving for Dutch Club SC Heerenveen, while Tijani, the former under-17 captain, gets a maiden call up into the side.

In the defense, recently acquired left back of FC Porto, Zaidu Sanusi gets a call-up into the side and is expected to provide competition for Jamilu Collins in that position. Goal-Keeper, Mathew Yakubu gets a maiden call-up into the side.

Vitoria Guimaraes’ midfielder, Mikel Agu returns to the side having last played for the team against Cameroon during the qualifiers for the World Cup in 2018.

Ahmed Musa, captain of the side will lead the attack, despite not getting regular playing time with Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia, while Cyril Dessers will have the chance to make his debut for the Super Eagles.

The warm-up game against Cote D’Ivoire will take place on October 9th in Austria, with the three-time AFCON champions playing Tunisia four days later in the same venue.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are at the top of the standings in Group L of the AFCON 2022 qualifiers with the team set to face Sierra Leone on November 9th in their next qualifiers.


Goalkeepers: Dele Alampasu (FK Ventspils, Latvia); Matthew Yakubu (SKF Sered, Slovakia); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Boavista, Portugal); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Fulham FC, England); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)
Midfielders: Mikel Agu (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Frank Onyeka (FC Midtjylland, Denmark); Oghenekaro Etebo (Galatasary SK, Turkey); Samson Tijani (TSV Hartberg, Austria)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Cyril Dessers (KRC Genk, Belgium); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia)
Abdullahi Shehu (Omonia Nicosia), Ramon Azeez (Granada CF), Josh Maja (Girondins Bordeaux), Henry Onyekuru (AS Monaco) and Tyronne Ebuehi (FC Twente)


There are very few things in life that make me happy, but talking and writing Sports has to be at the top. I honed my broadcasting skills at the University of Lagos Radio Station and have free-lanced for platforms like Top Radio and Superscreen TV amongst others. Deji loves running commentaries on Football matches and Athletics, and is now a Junior Sports Writer at Making of Champions. He hopes to become a Sports Agent in the future.


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