Peter Etebo will miss the Africa Cup
Oghenekaro Peter Etebo was not included in Nigeria’s 28-man Africa Cup of Nations final because his Premier League club Watford want him to focus on his rehabilitation after his injury.
The 26-year-old Stoke City loanee moved to Vicarage Road in July, having previously played six Premier League games a thigh injury in September curtailed his impressive start in life with the hornets.
The Nigerian Football Association (NFF) and interim coach Austin Eguavoen had hoped to include the seasoned Etebo in their squad, even if he was not fit enough to play all of the Super Eagles’ games.
N -oli striker Victor Osimhen, who had been doubtful for the tournament after a severe facial injury in November, is included after declared fit to play in Cameroon.
Osimhen had surgery on his cheekbones and eye socket on November 23 after suffering broken bones in the 3-2 defeat by Inter Milan two days earlier.
Although he has not played with a face mask since his return to training and N -oli wants to keep him away from the continental flagship, Nigeria expect him to play a big role in the finals, which start on January 9th.
“We are expecting Victor [Osimhen] To join forces with the rest of the squad on January 1st, “Ademola Olajire, NFF communications director, told Sport Africa.
“It is unnecessary to react to every report in the media about the availability of our players or the possible unavailability for the tournament.
“But the NFF are confident that our players, including Osimhen, understand the country’s desire for a fourth continental title. It is important that all of our players show the same level of commitment and ambition as Osimhen.”
Odion Ighalo has been called up from international retirement by the sacked national player Gernot Rohr, the top scorer of the Nations Cup 2019.
C -tain Ahmed Musa and defender Kenneth Omeruo are the survivors of the Super Eagles team, which won the Nations Cup in 2013.
As expected, the squad includes several English Premier League stars Alex Iwobi (Everton), William Troost-Ekong (Watford), Frank Onyeka (Brentford) and the Leicester City duo Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho.
The shocking admission is the former U17 c -tain Kelechi Nwakali, who plays for the Spanish second division club Huesca. Paul Onuachu, will miss the tournament.
Losers include Lorient from French striker Terem Moffi, defender Kevin Akpoguma from Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga and Tyronne Ebuehi from Italian Serie A club Venezia.
The three-time African champion is in group D with Egypt, Guinea-Bissau and Sudan. On January 11th, they open their campaign against the pharaohs in Garoua.
Nigeria squad for Afcon 2021
Goalkeeper: Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), John Noble (Enyimba), Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands), Francis Uzoho (Omonia Nicosia, Cyprus).
Defender: Ola Aina (Torino, Italy), Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Jamilu Collins (Paderborn, Germany), Olisa Ndah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Kenneth Omeruo (Leganes, Spain), Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal), Abdullahi Shehu (Omonia Nicosia), William Troost Ekong (Watford, England).
Midfield player: Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Alex Iwobi (Everton, England), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England), Frank Onyeka (Brentford, England), Kelechi Nwakali (Huesca, Spain).
Forward: Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin, Germany), Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal, Spain), Emmanuel Dennis (Watford, England), Odion Ighalo (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England), Victor Osimhen (N -ol, Italy)), Moses Simon (Nantes, France), Sadiq Umar (Almeria, Spain), Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey).