Vincent Enyeama, Eagle’s goalkeeper tops a list of 15 overseas-based professionals that Super Eagles’ coach, Stephen Keshi, has invited for this month’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against the Harambee Stars of Kenya.
Stephen Keshi, who said after the Africa Cup of Nations that he would recall some of the players who could not make the team to the AFCON finals, listed Obafemi Martins for the match holding in Calabar. He has however left out Osaze Odemwingie whose non-inclusion in the AFCON team created controversy as the player reacted to his disappointment by ridiculing Keshi and many other football officials and ex-players via social media network Twitter. But while explaining why he left out some of the players on the road to South Africa, Keshi said that Odemwingie’s character forced him to drop the player.
The Team captain, Joseph Yobo, whose fitness was doubtful in South Africa, has been left out of the Kenya clash. Bright Dike, who is nursing an injury, is not on the list also. A surprise name on the list is midfielder John Ogu who features for Academica de Coimbra in Portugal. The player, who has played mainly for the lower league teams in Portugal and Spain, is making the team for the first time. The same expression goes for Ukraine-based Babatunde Michael, who played for the national U-23 team at the inaugural CAF U-23 Championship in Morocco 15 months ago. Midfielder Nnamdi Oduamadi, who also starred for the last U-23 squad in their qualifying games, is on the list.
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Austin Ejide
(Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)
Defenders: Efe Ambrose (Celtic, Scotland); Elderson Echiejile (Braga, Portugal); Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands)
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea, England); Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio, Italy); Fegor Ogude (Valerenga, Norway); John Ogu (Academica de Coimbra, Portugal)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine); Victor Moses (Chelsea, England); Babatunde Michael (Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine); Nnamdi Oduamadi (A.S Varese 1910, Italy); Obafemi Martins (Levante, Spain).