Cyriel Dessers in, Victor Osimhen out as NFF release 30 man list for May/June friendlies

Cyriel Dessers in, Victor Osimhen out as NFF release 30 man list for May/June friendlies

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), have released a 30 man list for the friendlies against Mexico and Ecuador.

Nigeria will play two series games against the El Tri of Mexico and Ecuador in the United States Of America on the 29th of May and 3rd of June 2022 respectively. 

Cyriel Dessers who has been on form for Feyenoord Rotterdam makes a return to the squad for the first time since 2019.

However, there are notable omissions from the list. Napoli's Victor Osimhen, Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi of Union Berlin and Al Hilal's Odion Ighalo are not invited.

The list comprises of nine new invitees with most of them coming from the Nigerian Professional Football League. 


Goalkeepers: Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands); Adewale Adeyinka (Akwa United); Ojo Olorunleke (Enyimba FC)

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Isa Ali (Remo Stars); Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Calvin Bassey (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ibrahim Buhari (Plateau United)

Midfielders: Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Watford FC, England); Chiamaka Madu (Rivers United); Babatunde Afeez Nosiru (Kwara United); Azubuike Okechukwu (Yeni Malatyaspor, Turkey); Samson Tijani (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria); Alhassan Yusuf (Royal Antwerp FC, Belgium)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Ademola Lookman (Leicester City, England); Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria, Spain); Emmanuel Dennis (Watford FC, England); Cyriel Dessers (Feyenoord FC, The Netherlands); Victor Mbaoma (Enyimba FC); Ishaq Rafiu (Rivers United)

The Super Eagles are yet to have a coach after the NFF disengaged the Austin Eguavoen led crew in March 2022. 

They will be led by 1st Assistant Coach, Salisu Yusuf, for the two friendlies.

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The players are okay , good luck to them,

Gift Oliha

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