Vanguard (Lagos)

8 June 2012

Nigeria/Malawi: Three More Eagles Drop Out of Blantyre Battle

Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images-Stanbic
Chiukepo Msowoya of Malawi and Zuela of Angola during the Africa Cup of Nations match between Angola and Malawi from the Cidade Universitaria Stadium on January 14, 2010 in Luanda, Angola.

It was another hard decision to take for the Super Eagles technical crew, as three more players were dropped from the party that headed for Blantyre, Malawi, Thursday night to join Nnamdi Oduamadi, who earlier dropped out due to injury among those who will not take part in the battle of Malawi on Saturday.

Those dropped are Sunshine Stars of Akure striker, Izu Azuka, Norway-based Fengor Ogude and Ekigho Ehiosun, who was on loan to Turkish side, Samsunsport last season. The trio will have another opportunity of proving themselves worthy of being in the national team, when they join the team's camp in Calabar, Cross River State next Monday to prepare for the Nations Cup qualifier against Rwanda.

The game, earlier scheduled for Sunday June 17, has now been moved forward to Saturday, June 16 at the UJ Esuene Stadium in one of Africa's cleanest city, where football was first played in Nigeria.

Keshi told the players that he feels a personal sense of loss to ask them out but going by FIFA rules he cannot take more than 23 players to Malawi, but assured that they remain part and parcel of his plans of rebuilding the national team, urging them to keep the faith with him and help return Nigerian football to the top of the chart in Africa and one of the best in the world.

The lucky 23 players who made the cut for Malawi are:Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide, and Chigozie Agbim, all goalkeepers. Defenders Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwueke, Gege Soriola, Papa Idris, Efe Ambrose, Elderson Echejile and Juwon Oshaniwa. In the midfield are Gabriel Reuben, Raheem Lawal, Obiorah Nwankwo, Ejike Uzoenyi, Obinna Nwachukwu, Henry Uche, Ahmed Musa and John Utaka, while the hunt for goals will be led by Victor Moses, Sunday Mba, Ikechukwu Uche, Omatsone Aluko and Uche Kalu.

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