Gernot Rohr, manager of the Super Eagles of Nigeria has selected a 25-man squad to camp ahead of the AFCON 2019 competition. Mikel Obi who last played for the Super Eagles 10 months ago and an out-of-form Kelechi Iheanacho featured in the list with the manager criticized for including the latter in the squad.
Six players have also been placed on standby incase any of the players who made the list get injured.
The players on standby include: Theophilus Afelokhai, Bryan Idowu, Ikouwem Utin, Mikel Agu, Junior Ajayi, and Valentine Ozornwafor.
Here’s a list of the Nigerians who made the list:
In goal, Francis Uzoho has been listed alongside Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi with Francis Uzoho favoured to be first choice between the sticks for the team.
For defenders, William Ekong and Leon Balogun retained their place in the team with Kenneth Omeruo the most senior in that defence line.
He midfield is packed with experienced players in the shape of Mikel Obi, John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo and the fantastic Liecester’s Wilfred Ndidi.
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Mike’s deputy Ahmed Musa and a couple of sharp players and poachers in the shape of Samuel Kalu, Chukwueze, Moses Simon, Odion Ighalo, Victor Osimhen, Henry Onyekeru, Paul Onuachu, Kelechi Ihenacho and Ahmed Musa complete the list.
See Reactions From Nigerians On Twitter
Does Kelechi Iheanacho deserve to be on the AFCON list released by Gernot Rohr or even standby list? I think it should be earned not compensated
— Queen Moseph (@Queenjohn4) May 14, 2019
Kelechi Iheanacho has no business on this list. pic.twitter.com/kiU2lIbwJo
— JOSH OLADIPUPO 🇳🇬 (@Josh_Oladipupo) May 14, 2019
I dont want to know if its provisional or final list, Kelechi Iheanacho's should never appear in any list. Man is such a poor striker. He went from being a promising player to a total flop. Bullocks.
— Never say Never (@Derek_Walcott) May 14, 2019