Yakubu returns to Super Eagles


Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Stephen Keshi has invited only 11 foreign-based players for the Senior National Team’s 2013 African Nations Cup qualifying engagement with Rwanda in Kigali on February 29.

The roll celebrates the return of power-playing forward Yakubu Ayegbeni (In pic above)and workhorse midfielder Sani Kaita, both of whom have not been internationally employed since the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa.

Kaita earned a red card for retaliation in Nigeria’s second group phase match against Greece in Bloemfontein while Ayegbeni has been overlooked since missing a sitter against the Republic of Korea in Durban that would have qualified the Super Eagles for the Round of 16 at Africa’s first World Cup finals.

Also called are goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, defenders Joseph Yobo (Captain) and Taye Taiwo, and midfielders Joel Obi, Dickson Etuhu and Victor Moses, and forwards Ahmed Musa, Ikechukwu Uche and Osaze Odemwingie.

Rapid-raider Ayegbeni, who scored for Blackburn Rovers in the English Premiership on his return to action after a three-match ban at the weekend, remains Nigeria’s most prolific striker since Samson Siasia hung his international boots in 1999.

NFF’s Director of Technical, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme said on Thursday that the players are expected in camp on Sunday, February 26, while the Nigeria delegation to Rwanda will fly out of Abuja aboard a chartered flight on Monday, February 27.

Ikpeme also explained that all the 20 home boys who travelled to Liberia will remain in camp in Abuja until Coach Stephen Keshi names his army for the Rwanda match on February 26.

THE FULL LIST OF FOREIGN-BASED PROS:

GOALKEEPER
. VINCENT ENYEAMA - FC LILLE LOSC (FRANCE)

DEFENDERS
. TAYE TAIWO - QUEENS PARK RANGERS (ENGLAND)
. JOSEPH YOBO - FENERBAHCE FC (TURKEY)


MIDFIELDERS
. JOEL OBI - INTER MILAN (ITALY)
. DICKSON ETUHU - FULHAM FC (ENGLAND)
. VICTOR MOSES - WIGAN ATHLETIC (ENGLAND)
. SANI KAITA - TAVRIYA SIMFEPOROL (UKRAINE)

FORWARDS
. IKECHUKWU UCHE - GRANADA FC (SPAIN)
. OSAZE ODEMWINGIE -WEST BROMWICH ALBION (ENGLAND)
. YAKUBU AYEGBENI - BLACKBURN ROVERS (ENGLAND)
. AHMED MUSA - SPARTAK MOSCOW (RUSSIA)
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