7 home-based players join Nigeria's squad for Liberia

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Stephen Keshi, the Super Eagles Head Coach, on Saturday named seven home-based players that will join their foreign counterparts for the Nations Cup final round qualifier against the Lone Star of Liberia in Calabar.

The list was announced in Abuja after the team was held to a 1-1 draw by Pro League side FC Abuja, in a tune-up game played at the Practice Pitch of the Abuja National Stadium.

The lucky seven are Chigozie Agbim of Warri Wolves, the home-based Eagles skipper, and his teammate, Azubuike Egwueke.

Others are Godfrey Oboabona, the captain of Sunshine Stars FC of Akure; Henry Uche of Enyimba FC of Aba, Benjamin Francis of Heartland, and Kano Pillars central defender, Umar Zango as well as Rangers winger Ejike Uzoenyi.

With the development, the other 15 home-based players have to leave the team’s camp.

The decamped players are the duo of Akpeyi Daniel and Kingsley Udo of Heartland FC, Stanley Okoronkwo from Sharks, Kalu Orji-Heartland, Ezekiel Bassey of Lobi Stars and Mba Sunday of Warri Wolves.

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Others are, Christian Ofili of Abubakar Bukola Saraki FC of Kwara, Jabason Solomon of Akwa United and Sanusi Sanni of Gombe United.

Philip Asuquo of 3SC, Brendon Ogbu-Heartland, Anthony Okpotu-Lobi Stars, Ubale Manir-Kano Pillars, Ohanduku Gomo-Sharks and Fidelis Favour of Nasarawa United also failed to make the list.

The Eagles’ handler revealed that the decision to decamp the 15 players was based on fitness as the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) had been on break.

“Keep yourself busy and fit, football wise, because we have a friendly soon and we have other qualifiers; you will again be called upon to come and fight for shirts,’’ Keshi told the players that were decamped.

The team is expected to leave for Calabar, venue of the match, on 8 October.