Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

2 surprises in Nigeria's provisional WCup squad

Little-Known Kano Pillars Striker Junior Lokosa Headlines Rohr's 30-Man World Cup List Rohr releases 30-man provisional list for the World Cup
Shannon Reynolds | 16 May, 2018, 09:33

Okala said that he personally saw the provisional list as a good list "with lots of hope in it".

Since first qualifying for the tournament in 1994, Nigeria has played in the World Cup a further four times but never advancing beyond the "Round of 16".

Lokosa has been in terrific form in the Nigeria Professional Football League scoring 18 goals in 20 matches - including a brace against Katsina United on Sunday.

"The journey started in 2015 when I made my debut".

"I have known him years back even in our local Nnaka League to be a great player that will go places".

Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi and Ahmed Musa were in Nigeria's provisional World Cup squad on Monday, as was the uncapped Simeon Nwankwo, a 1.98-meter (6-foot-6) striker with Italian club Crotone.

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GOALKEEPERS: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United), Francis Uzoho, (Deportivo de La Coruna) and Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United).

Defenders: William Troost Ekong, Leon Balogun, Chidera Eze, Chidozie Awaziem, Kenneth Omeruo, Shehu Abdullahi, Tyrone Ebuhehi, Ola Aina, Elderson Echejile, Brian Idowu, Efe Ambrose.

"A lot of events are usually lined up immediately after the World Cup and we all agree that it is best to work things out now".

China-based captain Mikel Obi leads the squad having fellow midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo, Joel Obi, Mikel Agu and Uche Agbo.

Moses, Iwobi and Musa lead a strong group of forwards in the 30-man squad that also includes Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon.

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