By Taiwo Ibrahim
Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro has invited Gift Orban, Victor Boniface to the Super Eagles squad to face Sao Tome and Principe in the final game of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, Sportivationng.com reports.
The encounter is billed for the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Sunday, September 10.
Ahmed Musa has been left out of the squad, while there is a recall for the likes of Bruno Onyemaechi and Raphael Onyedika.
Bayer Leverkusen’s rave of the moment, Victor Boniface has been handed his first call-up after his scintillating performances for his new club which has produced four goals in three games.
Gift Orban has also been rewarded for his consistent goalscoring performances in Belgium.
The usual suspects in the team returned as expected with the likes of Victor Osimhen, Taiwo Awoniyi William Troost-Ekong, Wilfred Ndidi and Semi Ajayi retaining their places.
Peseiro called three goalkeepers (including home-based Olorunleke Ojo), eight defenders, four midfielders and eight forwards for the game, slated for the Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Sunday, 10 September.
Nigeria, on 12 points from their previous five matches, are already guaranteed a place in the finals, but must earn at least a point to be sure of topping the group ahead of second-placed Guinea Bissau, who are on 10 points and play at home to Sierra Leone in Bissau.
ALL THE INVITED PLAYERS:
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Omonia FC, Cyprus); Olorunleke Ojo (Enyimba FC); Adebayo Adeleye (Hapoel Jerusalem, Israel)
Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Nottingham Forest, England); Tyronne Ebuehi (Empoli FC, Italy); Jordan Torunarigha (KAA Gent, Belgium); William Ekong (PAOK FC, Greece); Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Calvin Bassey (Fulham FC, England); Jamilu Collins (Cardiff FC, Wales); Bruno Onyemaechi (Boavista FC, Portugal)
Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Raphael Onyedika (Club Brugge, Belgium); Joe Ayodele-Aribo (Southampton FC, England); Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England)
Forwards: Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Chukwueze (AC Milan, Italy); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Ademola Lookman (Atalanta FC, Italy); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Taiwo Awoniyi (Nottingham Forest, England); Gift Orban (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Boniface (Bayern Leverkusen, Germany)