Head Coach Stephen Keshi has named goalkeeper and skipper Vincent Enyeama and 23 others for next month’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations must-win qualifying clash away and home against Sudan.
Both teams will clash in Khartoum on Saturday, October 11 before trading tackles at the National Stadium, Abuja four days later.
Keshi has also included a hatful of new faces, including former junior international, Raheem Lawal, China –based striker, Aaron Samuel and relatively unknown Anyora Ugonna, who plays in Norway.
There are also opportunities for World Cup star-boy Babatunde Michael back from injury, Reading of England’s, Hope Akpan and Austria –based forward Sunday Emmanuel.
African champions Nigeria must win both matches against pointless Sudan next month to have any realistic chance of reaching the finals in Morocco early next year.
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France); Austin Ejide (HapoelBe’erSheva, Israel); ChigozieAgbim (Gombe United).
Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Monaco FC, France); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor FC, Turkey); AzubuikeEgwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, England)
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); OgenyiOnazi (SS Lazio, Italy); NosaIgiebor (Maccabi FC, Israel); OmatsoneAluko (Hull City, England); Hope Akpan (Reading FC, England); RaheemLawal (Eskisehirspor FC, Turkey); AnyoraUgonna (Haugesund FC, Norway)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey); Gbolahan Salami (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Osaguona Ighodaro (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Victor Moses (Stoke City, England); Aaron Samuel (Guangzhou R & F, China); Aaron Samuel (SV ScholzGrodig, Austria); Babatunde Michael (Volyn Lutsk, Ukraine).