By Tosin Omojola
Nigeria’s Head coach Sunday Oliseh has invited Obafemi Martins back into the international fold after a two-year absence to prosecute the November 13 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Swaziland.
But Manchester City starlet Kelechi Iheanacho has again been overlooked.
The Seattle Sounders striker has been in fine form for his Major League side this season and those efforts seem to have paid off as he is back into the Super Eagles set-up.
Twenty-three players have been invited to camp in a list that has the usual suspects like Ahmed Musa, Carl Ikeme, who is now the first-choice goalkeeper, Godfrey Oboabona, Ogenyi Onazi and Moses Simon.
There is also an invite for Enyimba’s exciting prospect Ezekiel Bassey as well as Wilfred Ndidi who was a late call-up for the Cameroon and DR Congo friendlies earlier this month.
Efe Ambrose and Elderson Echiejile are also retained from the squad that executed the friendlies in Belgium last month.
The tie against Swaziland will be played over two legs spanning four days. The Super Eagles will travel to Lobamba for the game which will be played on Friday, November 13, before the return leg four days later at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, November 17.
Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars); Dele Alampasu (Club de Sportivo Feirense, Portugal)
Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal); Kalu Orji (Rangers); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France); Chima Akas (Sharks FC); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz, Germany); Godfrey Oboabona (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Austin Obaroakpo (Abia Warriors)
Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Paul Onobi (Sunshine Stars); John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Rabiu Ibrahim (AS Trencin, Slovakia); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium); Sylvester Igbonu (FC UFA, Russia)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England); Ezekiel Bassey (Enyimba FC); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders, USA)