Gernot Rohr Drops Mikel For AFCON Qualifier Clashes Against Libya, Picks 24 Players (Full Squad List)
Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has left out captain John Mikel Obi, from his squad for the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header against Libya this month.
Rohr has invited in-form Ahmed Musa and 23 other players for the two matches.
Alex Iwobi also makes a return, along with William Troost-Ekong and Ola Aina. All three missed the 3-0 win over Seychelles in Mahe last month due to injury.
Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa is the only home–based professional.
Nigeria host the first leg at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Saturday, October 13, with the return scheduled for Sfax, Tunisia on Tuesday, October 16.
All invited players are to report in the Akwa Ibom State capital on Monday, October 8, 2018.
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Elche FC, Spain); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa)
Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United, England); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Paderborn 07, Germany)
Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nasr FC, Saudi Arabia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Italy); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux FC, France); Isaac Success (Watford FC, England)