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Rohr recalls Iheanacho for Ukraine friendly

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Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has recalled Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho for next month’s friendly against Ukraine after he was dropped for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Ukraine will host the Super Eagles on September 10 with coach Gernot Rohr sticking with the core of the squad which finished third at the Nations Cup last month.

The squad includes five other England-based players –- Iheanacho’s Leicester teammate Wilfred Ndidi, new Everton signing Alex Iwobi, Brighton defender Leon Balogun, West Brom’s Semi Ajayi and Stoke midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo.

Rohr also recalled Benfica defender Tyronne Ebuehi, who has recovered from a long-term injury, and called up uncapped striker Joe Aribo from Scottish giants Rangers as well as teenage goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, who plays for German club Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Ukraine is rated number 25 on the FIFA ranking while Nigeria is 33rd.   

23 EAGLES FOR UKRAINE FRIENDLY

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Emil Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Tyronne Ebuehi (FC Benfica, Portugal); 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); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (Rotherham United, England)

Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Joe Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (AS Monaco, France); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain)

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