Mikel Obi returns to Super Eagles


Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi makes his return to Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles after almost a full year out.

Obi’s last game for Nigeria was in the disastrous AFCON qualifier against Guinea in Abuja last year that ended 2-2 and ensured Nigeria did not play in the competition hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Late on Tuesday afternoon, media officer of the Super Eagles, Ben Alaiya made available to naijafootball247.com the list of players invited to camp ahead of Nigeria’s crucial AFCON qualifier against Liberia next month.

The list includes twenty three players from the Nigeria Premier League and fifteen that play abroad.

Expectedly the foreign based are led by skipper Joseph Yobo, but Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel returns, same for Inter’s Joel Obi, while former Golden Eaglets star, Ogenyi Onazi of Lazio in the Italian Serie A gets his debut call up to the national team.

For those who play in the Nigerian League, Warri Wolves keeper, Chigozie Agbim, his team mate Azubuike Egwuek are included, while regulars like Godfrey Oboabona and Juwon Oshaniwa also make the cut.

The home-based players are expected in camp by Sunday, September 30th, at the Bolton White Hotel in Abuja, while their foreign based counterparts will join the team by October 8 in Calabar unfailingly.

“We hope to have at least five training sessions together and that should be enough for the team to do well against Liberia,” Stephen Keshi says.

Full list
GOALKEEPERS

1. AGBIM CHIGOZIE - WARRI WOLVES, NIGERIA
2. AKPEYI DANIEL - HEARTLAND FC, NIGERIA
DEFENDERS
EGWUEKWE AZUBUIKE - WARRI WOLVES, NIGERIA
PAPA IDRIS - KANO PILLARS, NIGERIA
OBOABONA GODFREY - SUNSHINE STARS FC, NIGERIA
ZANGO UMAR - KANO PILLARS, NIGERIA
KWAMBE SOLOMON - SUNSHINE STARS FC, NIGERIA
EZEKIEL BASSEY - LOBI STARS FC, NIGERIA
KINGSLEY UDOH - HEARTLAND FC, NIGERIA
MIDFIELDERS AND FORWARDS
UZOENYI EJIKE - RANGERS FC, NIGERIA
MBA SUNDAY - WARRI WOLVES FC, NIGERIA
GABRIEL REUBEN - KANO PILLARS FC, NIGERIA
HENRY UCHE - ENYIMBA FC, NIGERIA
CHRISTIAN OFILI - ABS KWARA, NIGERIA
JABASON SOLOMON - AKWA UNITED FC, NIGERIA
SANUSI SANI - GOMBE UNITED FC, NIGERIA
PHILIP ASOQUO - 3SC FC, IBADAN, NIGERIA
IZU AZUKA - SUNSHINE STARS FC, NIGERIA
BRENDON OGBU - HEARTLAND FC, NIGERIA
ANTHONY OKPOTU - LOBI STARS FC, NIGERIA
UBALE MANIR - KANO PILLARS FC, NIGERIA
OHANDUKU GOMO - SHARKS FC, NIGERIA
FIDELIS FAVOUR - NASARAWA UNITED, NIGERIA

LIST OF FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS
GOALKEEPERS

ENYEAMA VINCENT - MACCABI TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
EJIDE AUSTINE - HAPOEL BE’ER SHEVA, ISRAEL
DEFENDERS
YOBO JOSEPH - FENERBAHCE FC, TURKEY
EFE AMBROSE - CELTIC FC, ISRAEL
ECHIEJILE ELDERSON - FC BRAGA, PORTUGAL
MID FIELDERS AND FORWARDS
NOSA IGIEBOR - REAL BETIS, SPAIN
NWANKWO OBIORA - CALCIO PADOVA FC, ITALY
MIKEL OBI - CHELSEA FC, ENGLAND
JOEL OBI - INTER MILAN FC, ITALY
VICTOR MOSES - CHELSEA FC, ENGLAND
AHMED MUSA - CSKA MOSCOW, RUSSIA
UCHE IKECHUKWU - VILLARREAL FC, SPAIN
EMENIKE EMMANUEL - SPARTAK MOSCOW, RUSSIA
IDEYE BROWN - DYNAMO KYIV, UKRAINE
OGENYI ONAZI - SS LAZIO, ITALY
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