Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has handed former FIFA Under-17 World Cup winner and Villarreal midfielder Samuel Chukwueze for their upcoming 2019 AFCON qualifying match against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in Johannesburg in November.
The 19-year-old who plays predominantly as a winger has impressed at the Yellow Submarine leading up to his first international call by Nigeria.
The former Golden Eaglets star has scored twice for Villareal this season.
Another former U17 star called up is Victor Osimhen who is currently on loan at Belgian side Charleroi SC from VfL Wolfsburg.
5 NPFL STARS LISTED IN ROSTER
After repeated pressure from the local media in the west African nation on his failure to give players from the domestic scene any chance with the Super Eagles, Rohr has invited five players from the NPFL.
As usual Enyimba goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa headlines that list of players from the local league. FC Ifeanyiubah defender Olamilekan ‘Adeleye’ Aniyikaye is also called up.
Rohr has put three NPFL strikers on standby. They are Kano Pillars pair of Nyima Nwagua and Junior Lokosa as well as Enyimba’s Sunday Adetunji.
MIKEL & ONAZI MISSING, NDIDI SUSPENDED
However three of Nigeria’s influential midfielders will miss the game in South Africa. Rohr has not listed Ogenyi Onazi and Mikel John Obi while Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is suspended for yellow card accumulation.
Despite the absence of the trio, Nigeria will still put out a strong field when they face South Africa on November 17.
Top among players listed by Rohr are Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Odion Ighalo, Isaac Success and Alex Iwobi.
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Elche FC, Spain); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa)
Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Adeleye Aniyikaye (FC IfeanyiUbah); Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United, England); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany)
Midfielders: Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal FC, Portugal)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nasr FC, Saudi Arabia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Victor Osimhen (Royal Charleroi SC, Belgium); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux FC, France); Isaac Success (Watford FC, England); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain)
Standby: Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal); Nyima Nwagua (Kano Pillars FC); Sunday Adetunji (Enyimba FC); Junior Lokosa (Kano Pillars FC)
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