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Mikel, Lokosa, Ajiboye top Eagles' World Cup provisional list

Mikel, Lokosa, Ajiboye top Eagles' World Cup provisional list

"As we speak, the coaches are putting finishing touches to the provisional list from which our final squad for the World Cup will be released."I know that a lot of extensive work has been done".

Joining Mikel in the midfield are Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (UD Las Palmas, Spain); John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Israel); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Joel Obi (Torino FC, Italy); and Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey).

Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr, yesterday named a 30-man provisional squad for next month's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, with Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) leading goals scorer Junior Lokosa and Plateau United first choice goaltender Dele Ajiboye making the list.

And four Goalkeepers made the list: Francis Uzoho, Daniel Akpeyi, Dele Ajiboye and Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

"I will also not be surprised if maybe, one or two players based on what they are doing presently and their shape now are also able to break into the World Cup squad". I will not be surprised if Rohr sticks with those he has been working with.

The attackers are Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); and another newcomer, Nwankwo Simeon (Crotone FC, Italy).

"So sad for the likes of Brown Ideye and Henry Onyekuru whose names were omitted from the list as they have both struggled in their efforts to get back to fitness ahead of the World Cup". They better not make the final list. A final squad of 23 players will be drawn from the provisional squad before the June 14-July 15 tournament starts.

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