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Yusuf Invites Mikel, Iwobi, 24 Others For Mali, Luxembourg

Salisu Yusuf
Posted: Apr 28, 2016 at 2:47 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Salisu Yusuf, Super Eagles’ interim Head Coach, has invited 26 players, including skipper John Mikel Obi, forwards Ahmed Musa and Odion Ighalo and goalkeeper Carl Ikeme for the forthcoming international friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg in Europe.

Nigeria will play Aiglons of Mali in France on 27th May before flying to Luxembourg to take on that country’s National Team on the first day of June.

Yusuf, named interim Head Coach by the NFF last week, has invited a relatively young squad that also includes Musa Muhammed,  former U-20 skipper, Gbenga Arokoyo, former U-20 defender, Raheem Lawal, former U-23 midfielder, Brown Ideye, 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner Kingsley Madu 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.

Other invited players are goalkeepers Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, with defenders Abdullahi Shehu, Musa Muhammed, and Gbenga Arokoyo getting the nod. The coach also invited midfielders Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi , Raheem Lawal, Etebo Oghenekaro and striker Aminu Umar and.

Yusuf is upbeat about the upcoming friendly matches, hoping that the matches would be a good exercise for the team.

“I believe that we will do well in the friendly games. I have capable assistants. “The two friendly matches are important to us and I believe we will do well so as to improve on our standings on the FIFA rankings,” he added.

Yusuf is part of a temporary technical team which also includes Kennedy Boboye, Imama Amapakabo, Alloy Agu and Shuaibu Amodu, who is the technical adviser.