Lagos - Coach Stephen Keshi has included Golden Eaglets trio
of Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi and Dele Alampasu among 30 players called
up for preparations for the 3rd African Nations Championship in South Africa.
Keshi qualified Nigeria for the tournament for the first
time and looks forward to a memorable outing in the same country where he led the
Super Eagles A Team to the Africa Cup of Nations title earlier this year.
“We are going to the CHAN for the first time but we want to
be the best at our very first outing,” he said in Salvador on Thursday morning.
Nigeria play host South Africa, Mali and Mozambique in Group
A at the tournament starting on 11th January, 2014.
Regular Super Eagles Team B faces dominate the list but world-conquering
Golden Eaglets’ trio of goalkeeper Alampasu, Iheanacho and Awoniyi have been handed
opportunities to break into big time quickly.
First choice goalkeeper and skipper Chigozie Agbim and ace
midfielder Sunday Mba top the list, with Shooting Stars’ fiery forward Gbolahan
Salami handed a recall.
There are four goalkeepers, nine defenders, eight
midfielders and nine strikers.
All 30 players on the main list are expected to report to
the Bolton White Apartments in Abuja on Monday, 9th December. Players on the standby
list will have opportunity to join the team only if a player on the main list
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers); Daniel Akpeyi
(Heartland FC); Isah Danladi (Sharks FC); Sunday Alampasu (Abuja Football College)
Defenders: Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Ebenezer
Odunlami (Sunshine Stars); Benjamin Francis (Heartland FC); Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine
Stars); Bright Esieme (Enyimba FC); Yinka Adedeji (Sharks FC); Reuben Ogbonnaya
(El-Kanemi Warriors); Umar Zango (Kano Pillars); Chibuzor Madu (Enugu Rangers)
Midfielders: Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers); Etebo Oghenekaro
(Warri Wolves); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars); Ogonna Osuchukwu (Enugu Rangers); Achiv
Douglas (Lobi Stars); Kelechi Iheanacho (Taiye Academy, Owerri); Mohammed Ajia
(Bayelsa United); Christian Pyagbara (Sharks FC)
Forwards: Muhammad Gambo (Kano Pillars); Ifeanyi Edeh
(Enyimba FC); Barnabas Imenger (Lobi Stars); Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers);
Ezekiel Mbah (Akwa United); Obiozor Christian (Enugu Rangers); Abubakar Aliyu (Nasarawa
United); Gbolahan Salami (3SC); Taiwo Awoniyi (Imperial Academy, Ilorin)
Standby: Happy Okuoka (Heartland FC); Bello Ikeleji
(Insurance FC); Obinna Nwachukwu (Heartland FC); Izuegbu Abonima (Enugu
Rangers); Paul Ikenna (Sunshine Stars); John Austin Igenepo