Nigeria recall Yobo, Emenike for Liberia as Mikel and
Odemwingie remain shut out
Stephen Keshi announced his list of Europe-based players on
Friday evening without some big name stars in his squad
Lolade Adewuyi (Goal.com)
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has announced a list of 11
Europe-based players that will make up his squad to face
Liberia in the crucial final round first leg 2013 Africa Cup
of Nations qualifying match in September.
Conspicuosly missing from the squad is Chelsea midfielder
John Obi Mikel who has not seen eye to eye with the former
national team captain.
Also missing is West Bromwich Albion forward Peter
Odemwingie who scored a penalty in a 3-0 defeat of Liverpool
However, captain Joseph Yobo will make his return to the
squad after being out injured for the past three months. He
missed the team's qualifying matches against Namibia, Malawi
and Rwanda in June.
In-form strikers Emmanuel Emenike and Brown Ideye will join
Ikechukwu Uche, Ahmed Musa and Victor Moses upfront while
Obiora Nwankwo and Nosa Igiebor are the midfielders invited.
Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who was stand-in captain in the
absence of Yobo, will return to the goalposts while Efe
Ambrose and Elderson Echiejile will be in defence.
The invited lads will join the players from the Nigeria
Premier League who are already in camp after their friendly
international against Niger last week.
Nigeria are under pressure to defeat Liberia over two legs
in order to secure a place at South Africa 2013 after they
missed out on qualifying for the last Afcon hosted by Gabon
and Equatorial Guinea.
List of invited players:
Goalkeeper: Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel)
Defenders: Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce, Turkey); Efe Ambrose (Ashdod
FC,Israel); Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Braga, Portugal)
Midfielders and Forwards: Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain);
Obiora Nwankwo (Calcio Padova, Italy); Victor Moses (Wigan
Athletic, England); Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia);
(Villarreal, Spain); Emmanuel Emenike (Spartak Moscow,
Russia); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine)