Chigozie Agbim heads Keshi’s pick of seven home-based players to join the expected 15 foreign-based players

The national team coach has named seven from the 22 home-based players called to camp for the tie against Liberia next weekend
Chigozie Agbim is at the head of the list of seven players from the local league selected to join their 15 foreign-based colleagues expected in camp from Monday.

Coach Stephen Keshi made this known in Abuja on Saturday during lunch time. Agbim, Warri Wolves goalkeeper, who captains the home-based Super Eagles team made the cut and is joined by his Warri Wolves team mate, Azubuike Egwueke.

Godfrey Oboabona, also made it with Henry Uche, Benjamin Francis, Umar Zango and Rangers petite winger Ejike Uzoenyi.

These seven will remain in camp as the dropped 15 made their way out though the coach told the dropped players to keep their fitness up as they will be called upon very soon.

“Keep yourselves busy and fit football wise because we have a friendly soon,” Keshi told the departing players.

“We have other qualifiers that you will again be called upon to come and fight for shirts,” he added.

The list was announced after the Eagles were held to a 1-1 draw by National League side, FC Abuja, in a match played at the Practice Pitch of the Abuja National Stadium.

The dropped Players are: Akpeyi Daniel, Stanley Okoronkwo, Kalu Orji, Ezekiel Bassey, Kingsley Udo, Mba Sunday, Christian Ofili, Jabason Solomon, Sanusi Sanni, Philip Asuquo, Brendon Ogbu, Anthony Okpotu, Ubale Manir, Ohanduku Gomo and Fidelis Favour.

The Super Eagles face off against Liberia in the second leg of the 2013 Nations Cup qualifier in Calabar next Saturday. The first leg ended 2-2 and the Nigerian needs just a scoreless draw to book their tickets to South Africa.