Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi, has finally released his 23-man list for the World Cup in Brazil. Keshi named Joseph Yobo and Osaze Odemwingie in his squad but shockingly dropped 2013 African Cup of Nations stars Ejike Uzoenyi and Sunday Mba.
The trio of Daniel Akpeyi, Joel Obi and Nosa Igiebor were also dropped from the team. Yobo and Odemwingie were late call-ups into the team after having fell out the Keshi but they will lead the pack along with Chelsea midfielders John Mikel Obi and Victor Moses who was on-loan at Liverpool last season.
The team features veteran players like Yobo who will be featuring in his third World Cup finals along with goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama and Austin Ejide and World Cup debutants Reuben Gabriel and Juwon Oshaniwa. Keshi’s mouthwatering front line will be Nigeria’s biggest arsenal in Brazil and along with a stable midfield and defence they have been tipped to progress from the group phase by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide, Chigozie Agbim
Defenders: Joseph Yobo, Elderson Echiejile, Juwon Oshaniwa, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Kenneth Omeruo, Efe Ambrose, Kunle Odunlami
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Ramon Azeez, Michael Uchebo, Reuben Gabriel
Forwards: Osaze Odemwingie, Ahmed Musa, Shola Ameobi, Emmanuel Emenike, Babatunde Michael, Victor Moses, Uche Nwofor.