(By Chris K. Amadi) -The Nigeria’s Super Eagles team list for the 2018 World Cup qualifier with Zambia at the Akwa Ibom state stadium in Uyo, Nigeria on October 7, 2017 is made up of largely familiar names.
In the 23-man team are Alex Iwobi of Arsenal, trio of Ahmed Musa, Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City, and Ola Aina, former England youth international who might be playing for Nigeria for the first time.
Victor Moses of Chelsea, John Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo also made the list, and a win in that match will guarantee Nigeria a place in the World Cup next year.
Meanwhile, Nigeria tops Group B with 10 points, and closely followed by Zambia with 7 points while Cameroon and Algeria are occupying the third and fourth . The full squad is as follows:
Goal Stoppers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ayodele Ajiboye (Plateau United FC); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah).
To man defence: Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); William Troost-Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Ola Aina (Hull City, England); Elderson Echiejile (Sivasspor FC, Turkey).
To hold the midfield: John Mikel Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel).
To lead Nigeria’s attack: Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Odion Ighalo (Chang Chun-Yatai, China); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel).
Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal); Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Afeez Aremu (Akwa United); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands).