Rohr recalls Moses Simon, drops Nwakali, Simi ahead of Libya clash

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Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has recalled Moses Simon back to the team while inviting 23 other players for this month’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying two-legged fixtures against Libya’s Mediterranean Knights.

Among those invited are in-form Arsenal FC of England forward Alex Iwobi, China –based forward Odion Ighalo and Russia –based defender Bryan Idowu.

Also invited are Italy –based duo William Ekong and Olaoluwa Aina who both missed the 3-0 win over Seychelles in Mahe last month due to injuries while goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa is the only home –based professional.

The German coach however dropped Italy –based Simeon Nwankwo, who was in Seychelles and scored against Liberia in a friendly last month as well as  2015 U17 World Cup –winning captain Kelechi Nwakali.

Nigeria host the first leg at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Saturday, 13th October with the return scheduled for the 18,000 –capacity Stade Taïeb Mhiri in the city of Sfax, Tunisia on Tuesday, 16th October.

All invited players are to report in the Akwa Ibom State capital on Monday, 8th October 2018 in the bid to win maximum 6 points against Group E leaders Libya.


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 Padeborn 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).


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