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Rohr lists 31 Eagles for Cameroon friendly in Austria

Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr has drawn up a provisional squad of 31 players for Nigeria’s prestige international friendly game against five-time African champions, Cameroon in Austria on Friday, June 04, 2021. The game will take place at the Wiener Neustadt in the Austrian capital, Vienna.

Top on the list unveiled on Friday is captain Ahmed Musa, with deputy captain William Ekong, goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, defenders Kenneth Omeruo and Chidozie Awaziem, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo and forwards Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho and Samuel Chukwueze.

Portugal-based Abraham Marcus is called for the first time and Enyimba energetic forward, Anayo Iwuala, whose tenacity and drive has helped the People’s Elephant to the quarter finals of the CAF Confederation Cup, has opportunity to fight for a place and continue on his international footprints, following cameo appearances against Benin Republic and Lesotho in AFCON qualifiers in March.

The provisional list of 31 will be whittled down to 23 before the Eagles fly to Vienna for the clash with perennial rivals the Indomitable Lions.

Cameroon wrestled down the Eagles for three of their five AFCON titles (1984, 1988, 2000) but have not beaten Nigeria in regulation time since a 1-0 triumph in a 1990 Fifa World Cup qualifying match at the Stade Omnisports in Yaoundé on August 27 1989.

The Eagles lashed the Lions 4-0 in a 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifying match in Uyo in September 2017 and were forced to a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture in Yaoundé, setting the stage for Nigeria’s qualification for the finals in Russia.

The full list:

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (APOEL Nicosia, Cyprus), John Noble (Enyimba), Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland)

Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain), Kevin Akpoguma (Hoffenheim, Germany), Chidozie Awaziem (FC Boavista, Portugal), William Ekong (Watford FC, England), Olaoluwa Aina (Fulham FC, England), Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany), Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal), Tyronne Ebuehi (FC Twente, The Netherlands), Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England)

Midfielders: Oghenekaro Etebo (Galatasaray FC, Turkey), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England), Abdullahi Shehu (Omonia Nicosa, Cyprus), Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Abraham Marcus (CD Feirense, Portugal)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Kano Pillars FC); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England), Sadiq Umar (Almeria FC, Spain), Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain), Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England), Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France), Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray FC, Turkey), Anayo Iwuala (Enyimba), Peter Olayinka (Slavia Praha, Czech Republic), Terem Moffi (FC Lorient, France), Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium), Simy Nwankwo (Crotone FC, Italy)

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