Nigeria’s Head Coach Sunday Oliseh has invited 23 players, including U.S-based Obafemi Martins and six home-based professionals, for the Super Eagles’ two legged 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture against Swaziland.
The first leg will hold in Lobamba on Friday, Nov. 13, while the return leg will be at the Adokiye Amiesiamaka Stadium in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Nov. 17.
Martins, who has been in great form for his Major League Soccer side Seattle Sounders FC, played for the Super Eagles two years ago.
“His invitation indicates that Oliseh has placed a firm accent on current form and ability, and has an open mind to all Nigerian players across the globe.
“The invitation is also a sweet birthday present to Martins, who celebrated his big day on Wednesday” reported by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on its website.
Six home-based players, who were part of Nigeria’s qualification for the 4th African Nations Championship (CHAN) against Burkina Faso, made the 24-man list.
Oliseh has directed all the players to arrive at the Bolton White Apartments in Abuja on Sunday, Nov. 8 as training commences same day by 7 p.m.
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars); Dele Alampasu (Club de Sportivo Feirense, Portugal)
Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal); Kalu Orji (Rangers); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France); Chima Akas (Sharks FC); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz, Germany); Godfrey Oboabona (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Austin Oboroakpo (Abia Warriors)
Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Paul Onobi (Sunshine Stars); Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Rabiu Ibrahim (AS Trencin, Slovakia); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium); Sylvester Igbonu (FC UFA, Russia)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England); Ezekiel Bassey (Enyimba FC); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders, USA). Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City FC, England)