Friday, March 08, 2013
EMENIKE OUT, YOBO DROPPED AND MARTINS RECALLED AS KESHI RELEASES
Super Eagles of Nigeria coach, Stephen Keshi has left out Injured Emmanuel Emenike who was the highest goal scorer of the recently concluded African cup of nations for a World Cup qualifier against Kenya, while Levante of Spain striker Obafemi Martins has been recalled in a 15 man foreign base list for the match
Martins failed to make the final cut for the AFCON, but he has been banging in the goals for his cluvante to earn another call-up by the African champions after he failed to shine in a friendly against Venezuela last year.
A major player overlooked for the qualifiers is skipper Joseph Yobo, who played only a bit role as Nigeria won a third Nations Cup title last month.
Missing from the list was Newcastle United forward, Shola Ameobi as well as Peter Odemwingie, Taye Taiwo and in form Kalu Uche
Eleven of those called were in the squad that lifted the AFCON, while there is a surprise call for Ukraine-based Babatunde Michael, who played for the Dream Team at the inaugural 2011 CAF U-23 Championship in Morocco.
Midfielder Nnamdi Oduamadi, who also shone brightly for the last U-23 squad in their qualifying games, is called. But the biggest dark horse, so to say, is Portugal-based midfielder John Ogu.
The super eagles will play host to Kenya’s Harambee Stars in a Group F game of the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualification in Calabar on March 24.
The African champion currently lead the group on four points ahead of Namibia, Malawi and Kenya.
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)
Defenders: Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Elderson Echiejile (FC Braga, Portugal); Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands)
Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Fegor Ogude (Valerenga, Norway); John Ogu (Academica de Coimbra, Portugal)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Babatunde Michael (Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine); Nnamdi Oduamadi (A.S Varese 1910, Italy); Obafemi Martins (Levante, Spain)