Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr, has invited 31 players for Nigeria’s friendly against Cameroon in Austria on 4 June.
Rohr’s list was made public by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in a post on Twitter on Friday.
The major highlight from the list is the first time call-ups for midfielder Abraham Marcus, who plays for C.D. Feirense in Portugal; and striker Terem Moffi of FC Lorient in France.
The all-action attacking midfielder has been in sizzling form for his club side, being their top scorer in the league this season with 11 goals in 24 appearances. He may get the chance to impress Rohr and earn a permanent spot in the team ahead of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers starting later in the year.
Moffi has also had an impressive season in the French Ligue 1, scoring 14 goals in 30 appearances this season.
Also invited are captain Ahmed Musa, deputy captain William Ekong, goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, defenders Kenneth Omeruo and Chidozie Awaziem.
The Leicester City duo of Wilfred Ndidi and in-form striker, Kelechi Iheanacho also made the list alongside strikers Victor Osimhen, Alex Iwobi and Paul Onuachu.
Also recalled to the team are strikers Sadiq Umar of Almeria, who missed the AFCON 2022 qualifiers due to coronavirus travel restrictions; Peter Olayinka of Slavia Praha, and Simy Nwankwo of Crotone FC in Italy, who is highest scoring Nigerian striker in Europe this season.
According to the NFF, the provisional list of 31 will be whittled down to 23 before the Super Eagles fly to Vienna for the clash with perennial rivals, the Indomitable Lions.
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (APOEL Nicosia, Cyprus); John Noble (Enyimba FC); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC)
Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Kevin Akpoguma (Hoffenheim, Germany); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Boavista, Portugal); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Fulham FC, England); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); Tyronne Ebuehi (FC Twente, The Netherlands); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England)
Midfielders: Oghenekaro Etebo (Galatasaray FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Abdullahi Shehu (Omonia Nicosa, Cyprus); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Abraham Marcus (CD Feirense, Portugal)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Kano Pillars FC); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Sadiq Umar (Almeria FC, Spain); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray FC, Turkey); Anayo Iwuala (Enyimba FC); Peter Olayinka (Slavia Praha, Czech Republic); Terem Moffi (FC Lorient, France); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Simy Nwankwo (Crotone FC, Italy).
— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) May 14, 2021