The three-time African champions have finally named their squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off on January 9
Nigeria’s Super Eagles have named a strong 28-man squad, which includes Huesca’s Kelechi Nwakalu and Union Berlin’s Taiwo Awoniyi, for the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.
Almeria striker Sadiq Umar and in-form Watford forward Emmanuel Dennis are also included. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced the 28-man list on Saturday afternoon.
Both Kelechi Nwakali and Sadiq Umar will be hoping to make their debuts in the tournament, while Awoniyi and Dennis have been rewarded for their good form this season.
Awoniyi earned his only cap as a sub in the 1-0 loss to the Central African Republic last October. Meanwhile, Dennis has not played for the team since the 0-0 draw against Sierra Leone last year.
However, both players are back in the squad after a brilliant start to the season at their respective clubs. Awoniyi has scored 14 goals and recorded three assists in 27 games for Union Berlin this season.
At the same time, Dennis has had a brilliant start to life at Vicarage Road, with seven goals and five assists in 15 league games for Watford.
Meanwhile, the usual suspects are also in the squad. Victor Osimhen is included despite his facial injury. Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi have also been called-up.
But there’s no place for Venezia’s Tyronne Ebuehi, although Olisa Ndah of Orlando Pirates got his maiden call-up to the team.
There’s also a spot for one player from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), and that’s John Noble of Enyimba.
The Super Eagles begin their AFCON Campaign with a clash against the Pharaohs of Egypt on January 11.
SUPER EAGLES’ SQUAD FOR 33RD AFCON CAMEROON 2021
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus); John Noble (Enyimba FC); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Paderborn 07, Germany); Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); Olisa Ndah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)
Midfielders: Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Nwakali (SD Huesca, Spain)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria, Spain); Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin, Germany); Odion Jude Ighalo (Al-Shabab Riyadh, Saudi Arabia); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Emmanuel Dennis (Watford FC, England)