Daily Trust (Abuja)

22 December 2012

Nigeria: AFCON - Keshi Includes Shitu, Ibrahim, Kalu for Faro Camp

Giant Millwall FC, England defender, Danny Shittu has been named among the 32 Super Eagles that will battle for shirts ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The last time the defender played for the Super Eagles was in 2010. In the list released by Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi, on Friday were other two returnees; Rabiu Ibrahim and Kalu Uche.

Following a meeting with the NFF Technical Committee in Abuja on Friday, where he defended the list, Keshi rolled out a squad containing 14 home-based professionals and 18 overseas-based players.

Skipper Joseph Yobo, who also represented Nigeria at the 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 Africa Cup of Nations finals, and is Nigeria's record international player with 89 caps, tops the list.

Chelsea's duo of Obi Mikel and Victor Moses made the cut as well as Ike Uche of Spanish side, Villarreal.

High flying Lavante Striker, Obafemi Matins and Westbrom of England hit-man, Osaze Odemwinge were surprisingly omitted in Keshi's list.

Africa's football-governing body, CAF has given all 16 teams playing in the final tournament of the 29th Africa Cup of Nations, South Africa 2013 until midnight of January 9 to submit their final list of 23 players for the showpiece.

Catalonia, Cape Verde on the card

According to NFF Media Officer, Ademola Olajire, the NFF has finalised arrangements for international friendlies with Catalonia and Cape Verde.

The former to take place on January 2, while the clash with surprise Cup of Nations finalists Cape Verde will come up on January 9 - the same day Keshi will announce his final list.

Following Friday's meeting, chairman of the NFF Technical Committee, Barrister Chris Green explained that 14 home boys will travel to Portugal to be joined by 10 overseas-based professionals for the clash with Catalonia on January 2, with the remaining eight foreign-based stars to link up with the squad on January 4.

THE FULL LIST OF PLAYERS:

Goalkeepers:

Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be'er Sheba, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland FC, Nigeria)

Defenders:

Elderson Echiejile (FC Braga, Portugal); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Benjamin Francis (Heartland FC, Nigeria); Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce, Turkey); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Danny Shittu (Millwall FC, England); Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands); Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria)

Midfielders:

Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Raheem Lawal (Adana Demirspor, Turkey); Obiora Nwankwo (Calcio Padova, Italy); Fegor Ogude (Valerenga FC, Norway); Reuben Gabriel (Kano Pillars, Nigeria); Rabiu Ibrahim (Celtic FC, Scotland)

Forwards:

Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Spartak Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Uche Kalu (Rizespor, Turkey); Bright Dike (Portland Timbers, USA); Shola Ameobi (Newcastle FC, England); Ikechukwu Uche (Villarreal FC, Spain); Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria)

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