Osimhen out as Chukwueze, Dessers, 23 others battle Algeria
Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja
Head Coach José Santos Peseiro has opted for Villareal forward Samuel Chukwueze Cremonese forward Cyriel Dessers and 23 other players to take on former African champions Algeria in an international friendly match in the Algerian town of Oran on Tuesday, 27th September.
The team which will be led by captain Ahmed Muda and vice captain William Ekong, include goalkeepers Francis Uzoho and Maduka Okoye, defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Chidozie Awaziem and Calvin Bassey.
Also included are midfielders Wilfred Ndidi and Alex Iwobi, and forwards Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze, Taiwo Awoniyi and Cyriel Dessers while Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has been left out.
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However, Richard Onyedika of Belgian top team, Club Brugge, is the only new face in the group. Germany–based defender Kevin Akpoguma also returns to the fold.
Three-time African champions Nigeria and two-time African champions Algeria clash at the 40,000 Stade Olympique in Oran on Tuesday, 27th September, with the invited players expected to confluence in the city of Constantine on Monday, 19th September.
ALL THE INVITED PLAYERS:
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho, Maduka Okoye, Adeleye Adebayo
Defenders: William Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Chidozie Awaziem, Olaoluwa Aina, Calvin Bassey, Zaidu Sanusi, Kevin Akpoguma, Leon Balogun
Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi, Frank Onyeka, Alex Iwobi, Richard Onyedika
Forwards: Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze, Ademola Lookman, Henry Onyekuru, Taiwo Awoniyi, Chidera Ejuke, Cyriel Dessers, Terem Moffi
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