Keshi said players will be selected on merit for the Nations Cup.
Holidaying Norway based midfielder, Fegor Ogude, has been called up to join home based professionals as preparations resume on Sunday in Abuja for the Super Eagles ahead of the Nations Cup in South Africa.
The Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, who returned to the country from the United States on Tuesday also named the usual suspects like Chigozie Agbim, Daniel Akpeyi and new call up Femi Thomas of Enyimba, all goalkeepers, among the other 23 players that will battle for shirts ahead of the Nations Cup Championship in South Africa, that starts January 10.
The team is expected at its usual abode at the Bolton White Apartment, Zone 7, Abuja on Sunday, December 16. All players and officials are expected at the time and training will effectively start on Monday, December 17.
The list of foreign based players is expected to be named in the week leading to Christmas, as the team is expected to travel by December 27 for the final phase of its camping in Faro, Portugal. Team Scribe, Dayo Anchor, warned that excuses will not be permitted for late arrival to camp of any invited player, because serious business has started for the Nations Cup championship.
Form Not Names will make Team
Keshi has said that only players who are on form will make the Nations Cup Championship in South Africa.
Keshi, who is perceived by many to have a selection problem, going by the plethora of options available to him, declared that there is no such problem as players will naturally cancel themselves out in the course of camping for the Nations Cup.
“What we want to get is a good mix of players who can help us do well at the Nations Cup. We want to win and I know we can but like we always say, names don’t count in football anymore.
“If you are good enough, come and prove it and you will be on the plane to the Nations Cup. Objectivity is the watchword for selection of players and I promise I will stick to it,” the coach said.
The Big Boss, as Keshi is popularly known in his playing days, added that he and his team will make adequate selection of players for the Nations Cup as he hopes there would be no excuses when the championship starts next month in South Africa.
Below is the full list of invited home based players.
HOME BASED PLAYERS
AGBIM CHIGOZIE -ENUGU RANGERS FC
AKPEYI DANIEL -HEARTLAND FC
FEMI THOMAS -ENYIMBA FC
OBOABONA GODFREY I – SUNSHINE STARS FC
EGWUEKWE AZUBUIKE E -WARRI WOLVES FC
ZANGO UMAR – KANO PILLARS FC
BENJAMIN FRANCIS -HEARTLAND FC
PAPA IDRIS -KANO PILLARS FC
KWAMBE SOLOMON -SUNSHINE STARS FC
KALU ORJI -HEARTLAND FC
MIDFIELDERS AND FORWARDS
UZOENYI EJIKE C -RANGERS FC
MBA SUNDAY -RANGERS FC
SUNDAY CHINEDU -RANGERS FC
HENRY UCHE I – ENYIMBA FC
ONDUKU GOMO -SHARKS FC
UBALE MANNIR -KANO PILLARS
REUBEN GABRIEL -KANO PILLARS
ASUQUO PHILIP -3SC, IBADAN
EMEKA EZEH -RANGERS FC
PIUS SAMSON -RANCHERS BEES FC
GAMBO MOHAMMED -KANO PILLARS FC
BUNDE MOSES – LOBI STARS FC
ANTHONY OKPUTU -LOBI STARS FC
FEGOR OGUDE -VALERENGA FC, NORWAY
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