Nigeria name 30-man squad for 2018 World Cup

Nigeria name 30-man squad for 2018 World Cup

Gernot Rohr has stuck with the quartet of Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Dele Ajiboye, Daniel Akpeyi and youngster Francis Uzoho in the goalkeeping department.

Meanwhile, Nigeria Professional Football League's highest goal scorer in the current season, Junior Lokosa, has been given the opportunity to stake a claim to a spot on the Russia-bound team after he was included in the 30-man list.

There are no surprise inclusions in defence with the eagles regular back four including William Ekong and Leon Balogun making the list.

Captain Mikel Obi, goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, defenders Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile and Leon Balogun, as well as midfielders Ogenyi Onazi and Oghenekaro Etebo and forwards Ahmed Musa and Victor Moses all made the list.

Also in the team are Leicester City's duo of Wilfried Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Ogenyi Onazi, Kenneth Omeruo, Ahmed Musa and China-based Odion Ighalo.


According to the NFF, the team is expected to assemble at the Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo on May 21 to begin the final preparation for the World Cup, which will kick off on June 14 in Russian Federation.

Nigeria finished their World Cup qualifying group comfortably in the first place gaining 14 points out of possible 18.

The midfield includes some of the biggest stars from Europe's top leagues, among them Lucas Biglia, Ever Banegra, Giovani Lo Celso and Angel di Maria.

Genor Rohr's men have been drawn in Group D alongside Argentina, Iceland and Croatia for the tournament that is scheduled to get underway next month.

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