Brown Ideye, Madu make Super Eagles return

Greece based striker, Brown Ideye and Kingsley MAdu will make their Super Eagles return in two International friendly games billed for May 27 and June 1.

Brown Ideye, one of the stars of the 2013 AFCON winning team missed out on the party to the World Cup in Brazil a year later and has not played for the Super Eagles since November 16, 2013 against Ethiopia in Calaber as he was overlooked by Stephen Keshi, Sunday Oliseh and Samson Siasia.

Madu, on the other hand has had just two caps for the Super Eagles and has not played since the 2017 AFCON qualifier against Tanzania in Dare salaam.

But both players were named on Wednesday afternoon amongst twenty six players for two friendly matches against Mali on May 27 and Luxemburg on June 1.

Super Eagles’ Head Coach Salisu Yusuf also called up the likes of John Mikel Obi, forwards Ahmed Musa and Odion Ighalo and goalkeeper Carl Ikeme for the games.

Yusuf, installed as interim Head Coach by the NFF last week, has picked a relatively young squad that also includes former U-20 skipper Musa Muhammed, former U-20 defender Gbenga Arokoyo, former U-23 midfielder Raheem Lawal, and unknown Portugal –based defender Chidozie Awaziem.

Defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun and William Troost Ekong return, while Ogenyi Onazi, Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile, Moses Simon, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi and Aaron Samuel are back to familiar terrain.


Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars)

Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal); Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France); Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK, Turkey); Leon Balogun (Mainz 05, Germany); Gbenga Arokoyo (Gaziantepspor, Turkey); William Troost Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal)

Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Wilfred Ndidi KRC Genk, Belgium); Raheem Lawal (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey); Etebo Oghenekaro (SC Farense, Portugal)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (West Ham United, England); Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Aminu Umar (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey); Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Olympiakos FC, Greece)     

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