Nigeria coach Amodu Shuaibu has handed a recall to Fulham’s Dickson Etuhu as he named his 32-man squad for their training camp ahead of the African Nations Cup which begins in Angola on January 10.
Etuhu returns to the national team after missing out on the qualification process.
Also enjoying a recall is Moroka Swallows’ goalkeeper Greg Etafia. The only home-based player in the team is Chibuzor Okonkwo of Heartland.
None of the players from the Under-20 team that played in the FIFA Youth Championship in Egypt were included and neither are there any from the silver-winning Under-17 team.
In the list of 32, Amodu has stuck with the bulk of the players who made it through the qualification process, with the only surprise being the exclusion of Portsmouth’s John Utaka from the list.
The team is expected to begin their training camp on December 28. List of players invited:
GOALKEEPERS 1. Vincent Enyeama 2. Bamidele Aiyenugba 3. Austin Ejide 4. Greg Etafia 5. Bassey Akpan.
DEFENDERS 6. Taiye Taiwo 7. Elderson Echiejile 8. Onyekachi Apam 9. Obinna Nwaneri 10. Danny Shittu 11. Joseph Yobo 12. Dele Adeleye 13. Chidi Odiah 14. Yussuf Mohammed 15. Olubayo Adefemi 16. Chibuzor Okonkwo.
MIDFIELDERS 17. Sanni Kaita 18. Dickson Etuhu 19. Seyi Olofinjana 20. John Obi Mikel 21. Kanu Nwankwo 22. Yussuf Ayila 23. Kalu Uche 24. Femi Ajilore 25. Bartholomew Ibenegbu.
ATTACKERS 26. Osaze Odemwingie 27. Obafemi Martins 28. Chinedu Obasi 29. Yakubu Aiyegbeni 30. Joseph Akpala 31. Micheal Eneramo 32. Obinna Nsofor
Lolade Adewuyi, Goal.com