Ikechukwu Uche gets national team call-up after 22 months

Villarreal of Spain striker, Ikechukwu Uche, has finally been recalled to the national team after 22 months of absence for the Super Eagles.

The 30-year-old striker has been a subject of controversy in the past months as many suggest he is not in the good books of Coach Stephen Keshi.

However, following much outcry from fans, the Big Boss has extended a call to IK Uche who is top on the list of 25 players pencilled down for the crucial as well as must-win 2015 Cup of Nations qualifying matches against the Red Devils of Congo and Bafana Bafana of South Africa.

Home –based defender Solomon Kwambe also returned, and Aaron Samuel (who got one of the goals against Sudan), Hope Akpan, Sunday Emmanuel and home –boy Emem Eduok now have chances after being called for the matches against the Falcons of Sudan.

Skipper and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, defenders Godfrey Oboabona and Elderson Echiejile, midfielders Ogenyi Onazi and Mikel Obi, and forwards Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Emenike and Babatunde Michael were also invited.

However, contrary to earlier announcement that the Eagles will train in Warri for the Congo match, the statement from Ademola Olajire the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, spokesperson indicates that all the players are expected to report at the Bolton White Apartments, Wuse, Abuja on Sunday, November 9.

Full list

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United, Nigeria)

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Monaco FC, France); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria); Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor FC, Turkey); Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough FC, England); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri
Wolves, Nigeria).

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Hope Akpan (Reading FC, England); Raheem Lawal (Eskisehirspor FC, Turkey); Omatsone Aluko (Hull City, England); Tony Edjomari (Nasarawa United, Nigeria).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey); Gbolahan Salami (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Osaguona Ighodaro (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Ikechukwu Uche (Villareal FC, Spain); Aaron Samuel (Guangzhou R&F, China); Sunday Emmanuel (SV
Scholz Grodig, Austria); Babatunde Michael (Volyn Lutsk, Ukraine): Emem Eduok (Dolphins FC, Nigeria).


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  • Johnson

    Another “heads in the clouds summation”. Are we to believe that the wanton looting witnessed in Nigeria is due to the lack of policies and laws that prevent and checkmate fraud and direct stealing? Please those who wish to peddle this type of theory should tarry awhile until this fight gathers momentum. We don’t need any distractions. Such as this unhelpful statement: “… President Muhammadu Buhari will labour under a major moral deficit
    unless he finds a way to expand the war against corruption, to make it
    party-neutral and tribe-blind”.

    • austin

      The question you should ask from your position is thus, “For the system to be so loose that it was so abused, are we sure the same thing is presently not on going?”

      • Johnson

        Good point, however note that the tightest of systems can be breached by two or more people colluding. What was displayed, was that we have more of a people problem than a system problem. The quantum of policies, institutions and protocols put in place since 1999 will amaze you.

        • austin

          Great assertion.
          Our people problem hasn’t disappeared now, has it? We still have Nigerians in place though wearing another colour of uniforms. Enforcement, which is what separates the civilised world from the rest, still lacks within our system. Now, as long as we do not have the necessary disincentive to loot (ala crime and punishment) and as long as we have the feeling that we are in charge thereby “nothing de happen”, then we are just going to go in a full cycle and with any change of batons, we shall go through this kind of shock treatment we are being presented with currently.