Manchester City’s Iheanacho, Arsenal’s Iwobi make Nigeria squad for World Cup qualifier against Zambia

The red-hot Citizens’ forward leads Gernot Rohr’s squad for next month’s 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier against the Chipolopolo in Ndola.


Coach Gernot Rohr has named a strong 23-man squad to face Zambia in next month’s Fifa World Cup qualifier.

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The Super Eagles will be hoping for a winning start in their quest to book a ticket for Russia 2018 when they visit Chipolopolo in Ndola on October 9.

Topping the list is red-hot Manchester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho alongside Arsenal young sensation Alex Iwobi and Leicester City’s Ahmed Musa.

Others include Kenneth Omeruo, Elderson Echiejile, Ogenyi Onazi, Nosa Igiebor, Brown Ideye and John Obi Mikel.

Watford forward Odion Ighalo has been excused from the team as he would bury his late father on the eve of the game, while Isaac Success and KAA Gent’s Anderson Esiti have been offered a chance to earn their senior national team debut.

Invited players are expected to start arriving in Abuja as from October 2, 2016.


Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Emmanuel Daniel (Enugu Rangers); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah)

Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); William Troost-Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway); Kenneth Omeruo (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Jamiu Alimi (Kano Pillars); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey); Elderson Echiejile (Standard Liege, Belgium), Kingsley Madu (SV Zulte Waregem, Belgium)

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium); Nosa Igiebor (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Anderson Esiti (KAA Gent, Belgium)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Isaac Success (Watford FC, England); Brown Ideye (Olympiacos FC, Greece); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England)



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