Chelsea trio, Stoke striker, Celtic star in Nigeria squad

Nigeria boss Stephen Keshi has named a 30-man preliminary squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Nigeria boss Stephen Keshi has named a 30-man preliminary squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Among the players included is Chelsea trio John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses (on loan at Liverpool) and Kenneth Omeruo (on loan Middlesbrough) while Stoke City striker Peter Odemwingie has been re-called.

Celtic defender Efe Ambrose has again been selected by Keshi alongside Norwich City’s Joseph Yobo while Lazio’s Ogenyi Onazi, Newcastle United’s Shola Ameobi and Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama are all present.

Keshi will have to put forward his final 23-man squad for the World Cup finals by June 2.

The Super Eagles have been drawn in Group F alongside Argentina, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Iran with their first group stage fixture against the Iranians in Curitiba on June 16.

Nigeria’s 30-man provisional World Cup squad

Goalkeepers

Vincent Enyeama (Lille)
Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be'er Sheva)
Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland)
Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United)

Defenders

Elderson Echiejile (Monaco)
Efe Ambrose (Celtic)
Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor)
Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves)
Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough)
Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC)
Joseph Yobo (Norwich City)
Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars)

Midfielders

John Mikel Obi (Chelsea)
Ramon Azeez (Almeria)
Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio)
Joel Obi (Parma)
Nnamdi Oduamadi (Varese)
Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers)
Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis)
Sunday Mba (Bastia)
Reuben Gabriel (Waasland-Beveren)
Michael Babatunde (Volyn Lutsk)

Forwards

Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow)
Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United)
Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce)
Obinna Nsofor (Chievo)
Peter Odemwingie (Stoke)
Michael Uchebo (Cercle Brugge)
Victor Moses (Liverpool)
Uche Nwofor (Heerenveen)

 
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