May 14, 2015 22:25:00
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has dropped goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim from his list of players called up from the domestic league ahead of next month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad.
Agbim, a regular under Keshi in his previous spell in charge, had always been criticised. Keshi has now overlooked the Gombe United man instead preferring Daniel Akpeyi, Chidiebere Eze and Ikechukwu Ezenwa in goal.
Sunshine Stars’ goalkeeper Ezenwa expressed joy at his invitation to the Super Eagles for the first time since 2008 and stated his determination to make his return noteworthy. “I don’t know what to say than that I am extremely happy. I have been looking forward to this opportunity and I am glad that it has eventually come. I will strive to do my best in camp,” Ezenwa told Goal.
All the players have been told to report at the Bolton Hotel Apartments, Wuse, Abuja on Tuesday, 19th May, 2015.
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Warri Wolves); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars); Chidiebere Eze (Gabros International)
Defenders: Solomon Kwambe (Warri Wolves); Chibuzor Okonkwo (Gabros International); Idris Aloma (Enyimba FC); Chima Akas (Sharks FC); Nelson Ogbonnaya (Heartland FC); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Chinedu Udoji (Enyimba FC); Samuel Olabisi (FC Taraba); Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars)
Midfielders: Nathaniel Joseph (Sharks FC); Michael Egbeta (Warri Wolves); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars); Igbinoba Esosa (Nasarawa United); Moses Ekpai Ubong (Kano Pillars); Henlong Charles (Giwa FC)
Forwards: Mfon Udoh (Enyimba FC); Gbolahan Salami (Warri Wolves); Ibrahim Shaibu (Giwa FC); Joe Omale (Dekina Dragons); Stanley Dimgba (Warri Wolves); Ezekiel Mbah (Kano Pillars); Onoriode Odah (Enugu Rangers); Azeez Shobowale (Kano Pillars)
HEAD COACH: Stephen Keshi
ASSISTANT COACH: Salisu Yusuf
GOALKEEPER TRAINER: Ike Shorounmu
BACKROOM STAFF: As constituted during the last international friendly against South Africa in Nelspruit on Sunday, 29 March, 2015.