Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi has been invited by the Super Eagles of Nigeria to face the Pharaohs of Egypt. The young attacker was invited alongside 41 other Nigerians to face El Neny’s Egypt in a double header qualifier for the 2017 African Cup of Nations.
Alex Iwobi was first invited by newly resigned coach Sunday Oliseh but his stellar performances for Arsenal has made him one of the few names Nigerians want to see on the invitation list. Ighalo, Iheanacho and Mikel are other Premier League players invited by interim coach Samson Siasia.
The Full list
Home-based – Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Olufemi Thomas and Emmanuel Daniel. Defenders: Kalu Orji, Chibuzor Okonkwo, Mathew Etim, Austin Oboroakpo, Sincere Seth, Segun Oduduwa, Chima Akas, Chris Madaki and Oke Ogogatewho.
Midfielders: Ifeanyi Mathew, Usman Mohammed, Etebo Oghenekaro, Yau Hassan, Stanley Dimgba. Forwards: Ezekiel Bassey, Prince Aggrey, Bright Onyedikachi, Chisom Chikatara* and Godwin Obaje.
Foreign-based – Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme and Daniel Akpeyi. Defenders: Efe Ambrose, Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile, Stanley Amuzie, Godfrey Oboabona and Kenneth Omeruo.
Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel Obi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Azubuike Okechukwu; Forwards: Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Victor Moses, Aminu Umar, Odion Ighalo, Aaron Samuel, Alex Iwobi and Fanendo Adi.
The Super Eagles are currently second in their AFCON 2017 qualifying group, with four points, two points behind leaders Egypt with six points. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the players are expected to report to camp in Abuja on March 7, while the team will move to Kaduna on March 21.
In the NPFL, Ugochukwu Leonard saved Enyimba’s blushes as his late goal gave the Peoples Elephants a hard fought 1-0 victory over newly promoted Lagos based Ikorodu United. The Oga Boys will feel heavy hearted as they travel back to Lagos for the first Lagos Derby in over a decade.
Other Results of MD4 NPFL
- Giwa FC 2-1 Rivers United FC
- FC IfeanyiUbah 3-1 Shooting Stars FC
- MFM FC 2-1 Sunshine Stars FC
- Lobi Stars FC 3-0 El-Kanemi Warriors FC
- Akwa United FC 3-1 Heartland FC
- Abia Warriors 0-0 Kano Pillars FC
- Wikki Tourists 3-0 Plateau United FC
- Warri Wolves 0-0 Rangers FC
- Niger Tornadoes FC 2-0 Nasarawa United FC
- Enyimba FC 1-0 Ikorodu United FC
Enjoy your Friday.
*Chisom Chikatara is reported to have left Abia Warriors for Wydad Casablanca in Morocco.