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Omeruo, Gabriel return for Ethiopia, Italy

04 November 2013, 09:35

Abuja - Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has listed Kenneth Omeruo, Reuben Gabriel and 23 others for the team’s preparations for the November 16 return leg clash with Ethiopia.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Assistant Director (Media) of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ademola Olajire, released on Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the match is the reverse fixture in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Playoff, with the Eagles holding a first leg 2-1 advantage.

NAN reports that the Eagles will host the Walyas of Ethiopia at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar, after winning 2-1 on October 13 in Addis Ababa.

The statement said Omeruo, a Chelsea FC defender, and Gabriel of Scottish clubside Kilmarnock FC will report to camp alongside others at the Metropolitan Transcorp Hotel in Calabar on November 11.

It added that the 25 players will also feature for the team against Italy in a friendly match on November 18 in London.

The list has three goalkeepers, eight defenders, eight midfielders and six strikers.

The team’s stand-in skipper, Vincent Enyeama, was invited alongside goalkeepers Austin Ejide and Chigozie Agbim, while South Africa-based defender James Okwuosa also kept his place.

Strikers Obinna Nsofor and Uche Nwofor also kept their places in the team.

The full list has goalkeepers Enyeama (Lille FC, France), Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel) and Agbim (Rangers International).

It also has defenders Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Braga, Portugal) Benjamin Francis (Heartland FC), Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland), Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars) and Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor FC, Turkey).

The other defenders invited to camp are Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves), James Okwuosa (Chippa United, South Africa) and Omeruo.

The midfielders include Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England), Victor Moses (Liverpool

FC, England), John Ogu (Academica de Coimbra, Portugal) and Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy).

The rest midfielders are Nnamdi Oduamadi (Brescia Calcio 1911, Italy), Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain), Sunday Mba (Rangers) and Gabriel.

The strikers include Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine), Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United, England) and Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey).

The other strikers are Obinna Nsofor (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia), Uche Nwofor (SC Heerenveen, The Netherlands).



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