Nigeria line-up Mexico, Ecuador friendlies ahead of S/Leone Afcon opener

by | May 12, 2022 | African News, Football Africa, Sport News | 0 comments

The Super Eagles of Nigeria’s first-team assistant coach Salisu Yusuf has named a 30-man sqaud for two friendlies in the USA next month.

Captain Ahmed Musa and forward Moses Simon were named for international friendly matches against Mexico and Ecuador in the United States of America.

Ahead of their Group A Ivory Coast 2023 qualifying campaign against Sierra Leone on June 9, the three-time African champions will clash with CONCACAF powerhouse Mexico and Ecuador.

The Super Eagles will face Mexico at the AT & T Stadium in Dallas in Texas on Saturday, 28th May, before taking on Ecuador at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison on Thursday, 2nd June.

The Super Eagles are yet to get a new head coach after interim coach Augustine Eguavoen stepped down following Nigeria’s failure to qualify for Qatar 2022.

The NFF says only 25 players will make the final list for the tour, which is preparatory to next month’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Sierra Leone in Abuja (9th June) and São Tomé & Príncipe in Marrakech, Morocco (13th June).

Super Eagles squad for Mexico and Ecuador;

Goalkeepers: Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands); Adewale Adeyinka (Akwa United); Ojo Olorunleke (Enyimba FC)

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Isa Ali (Remo Stars); Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Calvin Bassey (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ibrahim Buhari (Plateau United)

Midfielders: Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Watford FC, England); Chiamaka Madu (Rivers United); Babatunde Afeez Nosiru (Kwara United); Azubuike Okechukwu (Yeni Malatyaspor, Turkey); Samson Tijani (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria); Alhassan Yusuf (Royal Antwerp FC, Belgium)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Ademola Lookman (Leicester City, England); Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria, Spain); Emmanuel Dennis (Watford FC, England); Cyriel Dessers (Feyenoord FC, The Netherlands); Victor Mbaoma (Enyimba FC); Ishaq Rafiu (Rivers United)

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