Mikel Returns as Rohr Lists 24 Others for AFCON 2019 Camp


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*Ezenwa is simply home-based in foremost record, Enyimba trio on standby

Duro Ikhazuagbe

After almost one-year’s absence from the Nigerian senior nationwide workforce, Middlesbrough FC midfielder, John Mikel Obi, yesterday made his return to the Tremendous Eagles.

The previous Chelsea FC midfield enforcer was one of many 25 gamers Coach Gernot Rohr listed in his squad to start preparations for the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt this summer time. Six different gamers have been positioned on standby in case of accidents to any of the gamers in the primary record.

Mikel who captained Eagles on the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia final yr summer time, has not been with the group since Nigeria’s elimination from the finals after a 1-2 defeat by Argentina in Saint Petersburg.

THISDAY had reported lately that the previous Tianjin Teda participant within the Chinese language Tremendous League stays on Rohr’s radar because the coach is looking for the commanding affect of the Mikel within the group on the continental showpiece in Egypt.

Nevertheless, a current assembly with Coach Rohr in the UK sealed Mkkel’s return to the three-time African champions, with the potential for including to his 85 worldwide caps.

Apparently, a lot of the gamers invited have been the standard suspects since Rohr took cost of the staff. They're the identical Trojans who earned a ticket to the AFCON 2019 finals with a match to spare, with goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, defenders Leon Balogun and William Ekong, midfielders Oghenekaro Etebo and Wilfred Ndidi and forwards Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi and Moses Simon additionally on the roll-call.

Among the many six gamers positioned on standby are defenders are Enyimba’s trio of Ikouwem Utin, Valentine Ozornwafor, and goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai. Each Utin and Ozornwafor have been named in Nigeria’s remaining 21 for the FIFA U20 World Cup beginning in Poland subsequent week.

The Franco-German tactician nevertheless defined that he has included the 2 gamers figuring out the FIFA U20 World Cup will finish on 15th June, six days earlier than the primary match might be performed on the AFCON.

2018 FIFA World Cup defender Bryan Idowu can also be on standby, alongside Portugal-based Mikel Agu and Egypt-based Junior Ajayi.

NFF’s Director of Communication Ademola Olajire stated yesterday that each one invited gamers and officers are to report on the Golden Tulip Lodge, Asaba on Sunday, 2nd June, forward of the pleasant with the Warriors of Zimbabwe on the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Saturday, eighth June.

“The workforce will depart for Egypt on Sunday, ninth June aboard a chartered plane, arrange a ultimate coaching camp within the metropolis of Ismailia and deal with Africa’s quantity one-ranked group, Senegal of their ultimate pre-AFCON pleasant on Sunday, 16th June,” concludes Olajire.

Nigeria confront Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar in that order in Group B of the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations happening in 4 Egyptian cities 21stJune – 19th July


Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United, England)

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Middlesbrough FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester Metropolis, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke Metropolis FC, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Royal Charleroi SC, Belgium); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China); Alexander Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester Metropolis, England); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain)

Six On Standby: Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba FC); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal); Junior Ajayi (Al Ahly, Egypt); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba FC)

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