Everton’s Victor Anichebe has been called up by coach Samson Siasia to replace injured Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi for Nigeria’s game against Sierra Leone in an international friendly on February 9.
Ameobi, who was hoping to make his Nigeria debut, was injured in a Premier League game last week.
Peter Odemwingie is expected to lead fellow strikers Peter Utaka and Ahmed Musa into Nigeria’s commercial and economic capital Lagos on Sunday as the countdown begins for Wednesday’s game at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.
Goalkeper Vincent Enyeama, who won two man-of-the-match awards at the 2010 Fifa World Cup finals in South Africa despite Nigeria’s failure to reach the knock-out stage, will arrive on Monday, as will captain Joseph Yobo and the other players who have been called up for the clash.
Forward Victor Obinna, who has scored five goals in his last two games for West Ham United, is invited alongside new boy Emmanuel Emenike.
Inter’s Joel Obi is another late call-up due to the forced absence of home boy Bartholomew Ibenegbu.
Enyeama will have long-time deputy Dele Aiyenugba understudying him, and defenders Ayodele Adeleye, Taye Taiwo, Michael Odibe, Olubayo Adefemi and Elderson Echiejile will also turn up at the Eko Hotel.
Goalkeepers: Dele Aiyenugba, Vincent Enyeama.
Defenders: Joseph Yobo, Dele Adeleye, Olubayo Adefemi, Taye Taiwo, Chibuzor Okonkwo, Michael Odibe, Uwa Elderson Echiejile.
Midfielders: John Obi Mikel, Femi Ajilore, Victor Moses, Nwankwo Obiora, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, Joel Obi.
Forwards: Victor Obinna, Ahmed Musa, Peter Odemwingie, Victor Anichebe, Emmanuel Emenike, Peter Utaka