AFCON Qualifiers: Iheanacho makes Super Eagles return

…As Rohr calls up Dessers, Ehizibue, 21 others

From Francis Ajuonuma, Lagos

Leicester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho has been recalled to the Super Eagles squad by head coach, Gernot Rohr in his 24-man squad to prosecute this month’s double 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone.

Iheanacho, for several months was snubbed by the Super Eagles handlers due to poor form but in recent time has been in the best of form for Leicester City in the English League which Rohr could not overlooked.

Germany –based defender Kingsley Ehizibue, on the books of FC Koln, and Holland –based forward Cyril Dessers have been called up for the first time

However, Captain Ahmed Musa, vice captain William Ekong and veteran defender Kenneth Omeruo led the list of the invited players

There are also goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, defenders Leon Balogun and Olaoluwa Aina, midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and forwards Alex Iwobi and Victor Osimhen in the list of three goalkeepers, eight defenders, five midfielders and eight forwards.

Nigeria, on maximum six points from their first two matches of the campaign and in somewhat comfortable lead in their pool, host the Leone Stars at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on Friday, 27th March, before flying to Freetown to confront the Stars at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in the return four days later.

All invited players, as well as technical and administrative officials, are to report in the Delta State capital on Monday, 23rd March.

Victory in both games will virtually guarantee Nigeria a spot at the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for Cameroon early next year, ahead of their away clash to Benin Republic in Porto Novo in June and home tie against Lesotho early September.

Others are Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Maduka Okoye, Chidozie Awaziem, Jamilu Collins, Oluwasemilogo Ajayi, Abdullahi Shehu, Etebo Oghenekaro and Wilfred Ndidi.

Also in the team are Joseph Ayodele-Aribo, Ramon Azeez, Alexander Iwobi, Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze and Samuel Kalu.

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