Nigeria trainer Gernot Rohr has cut on five names from his team to its 2018 FIFA World Cup, but the sole Premier Soccer League representative remained part of this selection for Russia.
Dele Ajiboye, one of the four shot-stopper’s named in Nigeria’s initial squad, was told he would not be part of this selection for Russia 2018, leaving Chippa United’s Daniel Akpeyi nearly confident to be part of his country’s final World Cup squad.
The 31-year-old will more than likely function as the PSL’s only representative at the 2018 tournament. Rohr’s side was the first African team to qualify to the showpiece in Russia, also began their preparations for its showpiece with a 1-1 draw against DR Congo.
In their second match, they are going to face England in a friendly at Wembley on Saturday, and the trainer has cut five names from his team for that game.
Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United)
Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City), Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC), Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag), Brian Idowu (Amkar Perm), Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC), William Ekong (Bursaspor FC), Leon Balogun (Mainz), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC).
Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City), Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC), John Ogu (Hapoel Beer Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino FC), Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC).
Forwards: Victor Moses (Chelsea FC), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo (Crotone).