Henry Onyekuru, Francis Uzoho and Chidiebere Nwakali are amongst 24 players invited by Super Eagles’ coach Gernot Rohr to face Algeria in the last match of the 2018 World Cup qualifier in Algiers and a friendly against Argentina in Russia.

Nigeria were the first African team to qualify to the 2018 World Cup after a 1-0 win against Zambia in their last game. The Super Eagles now have the luxury of giving opportunities to “fringe” players as the fight for tickets to Russia continues.

RSC Anderlecht’s Henry Onyekuru is in fine form for the Belgians and would hope to make a competitive debut for the two time African Champions. There are first invitations for Depertivo La Coruna goalie Francis Uzoho and Sogndal midfielder Chidiebere Nwakali.


Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain)

Defenders: William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England)

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidiebere Nwakali (Sogndal FC, Norway)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Chang Chun-Yatai, China); Henry Onyekuru (RSC Anderlecht, Belgium); Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)

STANDBY: Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey); Alhassan Ibrahim (FK Austria Wien, Austria); Brian Idowu (FC Amkar Perm, Russia)

According to the NFF “All invited players are expected to arrive in a camp in Morocco on Monday, 6th November, before the delegation flies to Constantine on Thursday, 9thNovember. On Saturday, 11th November, a 45 –seater chartered aircraft will fly the Super Eagles from Constantine to Krasnodar, the Russian city that will host the international friendly against Argentina on Tuesday, 14th November.

Will Francis Uzoho make his debut? Will Onyekuru feature? Can Musa reignite? Who will be in goal?