Daily Trust (Abuja)

7 November 2012

Nigeria: Ameobi Gets First Call Up As Keshi Lists Mikel, Martins, Ejide, Eight Others for Venezuela

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Nigeria's Super Eagles training.

Super Eagles' Head Coach, Stephen Keshi has called up 11 foreign-based professionals including Newcastle's Shola Ameobi for next week's international friendly match between the Super Eagles and the Senior Team of Venezuela in Miami, Florida, United States of America.

It will be recalled that the former Nigerian international had earlier called up 26 home-based professionals who have been battling it out in camp inAbuja since Sunday, from among whom 15 will be picked for the trip to America.

Wednesday's match at Marlins Park is one of a number of games meant to prepare the two-time African champions for the 2013 Africa Cup ofNations finals in South Africa, starting on 19th January.

Israel-based goalkeeper Austin Ejide, a 10-year veteran, tops the list that also includes 2010 World Cup star Obafemi Martins and Newcastle United ace Shola Ameobi.

Ameobi, cleared to play for Nigeria last year alongside Victor Moses after a long-drawn process, gets his first call and battles for a place upfront with Moses, Ukraine-based Brown Ideye, Martins and a trio of home boys.

Surprise call-up is former junior international defender Apam Onyekachi, back from injury at Nice FC of France, with Portugal-based defender Elderson Echiejile also heading to America.

Chelsea FC of England star and Nigeria's only last-man standing in the Africa Player of the Year race, Mikel Obi tops a midfield cast that includes former junior international Raheem Lawal, Ogenyi Eddy Onazi and Nosa Igiebor.

ALL THE FOREIGN-BASED PROS

Goalkeeper: Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Israel)

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (FC Braga, Portugal); Apam Onyekachi

(Nice FC, France)

Midfielders: Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Nosa Igiebor (Real

Betis, Spain); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Raheem Lawal (Adana

Demirspor, Turkey)

Forwards: Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine); Victor Moses (Chelsea

FC, England); Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United, England); Obafemi

Martins (Levante FC, Spain)

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