Goalkeeper and skipper Chigozie Agbim was at the head of 21 players who left Abuja on Monday afternoon for Dubai ahead of Thursday’s high-profile international friendly match against the Pharaohs of Egypt.
Assistant Coach Daniel Amokachi, standing in for Head Coach Stephen Keshi, who is holidaying in the United States of America and will join the Eagles in Dubai on Tuesday, rolled out a list that consisted of two goalkeepers, six defenders, seven midfielders and six strikers.
The team travelled out aboard an Ethiopian Airline aircraft, to stop over in Addis Ababa before another three-hour flight to Dubai.
Agbim, of CAF Confederation Cup campaigners, Warri Wolves, will have as cover goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, with defenders Azubuike Egwueke, Papa Idris, Juwon Oshaniwa, Hamed Adesope, Godfrey Oboabona and Nura Mohammed.
Left-footed Ejike Uzoenyi of Enugu Rangers, voted Man of the Match in the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda in Kigali at the end of February, leads the midfielders that also include Bartholomew Ibenegbu and Gabriel Reuben, with strikers Uche Kalu, Sunday Mba and Izu Azuka among others.
Mba scored the two goals in the 2-0 away win over Liberia’s Lone Star in Monrovia in February while Azuka has been in great form for Sunshine Stars, and scored home and away as the club knocked out Recreativo Libolo of Angola to reach the CAF Champions League third round.
Thursday’s game will mark Coach Stephen Keshi’s sixth match in charge of the Senior National Team, with two wins and three draws in the previous five.
GOALKEEPERS: Chigozie Agbim, Dan Akpeyi
DEFENDERS: Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwueke, Papa Idris, Juwon Oshaniwa, Hamed Adesope, Nura Mohammed
MIDFIELDERS: Uche Ossai, Ejike Uzoenyi, Bartholomew Ibenegbu, Obinna Nwachukwu, Henry Uche, Gabriel Reuben, Ogonna Uzuchukwu
STRIKERS: Gbolahan Salami, Uche Kalu, Mohammed Lawal, Izu Azuka, Sunday Mba, Barnabas Imenger Jnr.