Surprises in Stephen Keshi's squad to face the Harambee Stars later this month in CalabarNigeria coach Stephen Keshi announced his squad of 15 Europe-based players that will take on Kenya in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on March 23 in Calabar.
The coach omitted captain Joseph Yobo from the list but recalled Obafemi Martins and Nnamdi Oduamdi to the side while giving first time call ups to Academica de Coimbra's John Ogu and Babatunde Michael of Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih in Ukraine.
Keshi recalled 11 of the players that he took to the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. Goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama and Austin Ejide return to the side as well as defenders Efe Ambrose, Elderson Echiejile and Kenneth Omeruo.
In midfield John Obi Mikel, Fegor Ogude and Ogenyi Onazi are recalled. However, there's no place for Nosa Igiebor who failed to impress at the Afcon. They are joined by Ogu who plays in Portugal.
Strikers Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses and Brown Ideye return but Emmanuel Emenike is still out injured.
They will join up with the already announced squad of players from the Nigeria Premier League in their Abuja camp.
|Vincent Enyeama||Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel|
||Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel|
||Celtic FC, Scotland|
|Elderson Echiejile||FC Braga, Portugal|
||ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands|
John Mikel Obi
|Chelsea FC, England|
|Ogenyi Onazi||SS Lazio, Italy|
||Valerenga FC, Norway|
de Coimbra, Portugal
|CSKA Moscow, Russia|
|Brown Ideye||Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine|
||Chelsea FC, England|
||Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine|
|A.S Varese 1910 FC,
|Obafemi Martins||Levante FC, Spain|