Coach Gernot Rohr has included some surprises in his 30-man Nigeria squad for the upcoming World Cup, including the 6-foot-6 striker Simeon Nwankwo, from Italian club Crotone. As expected, the list was dominated by the bulk of players that prosecuted the qualifiers albeit with few inclusions.
Regulars such as John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses, William Troost-Ekong and defensive partner Leon Balogun made the cut.
Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City); Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas); John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege); Joel Obi (Torino FC), Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC).
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Lokosa has been in terrific form in the Nigeria Professional Football League scoring 18 goals in 21 matches - including a brace against Katsina United on Sunday. Speaking with our correspondent, Lokosa said he would be giving his best if given the opportunity to play for the Super Eagles. "I believe my goals will speak for me".
According to the NFF, the team is expected to assemble at the Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo on May 21 to begin the final preparation for the World Cup, which will kick off on June 14 in Russian Federation.
The Super Eagles secured their ticket to Russian Federation after finishing top of Group B ahead of Zambia, Cameroon and Algeria in qualifying.