Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Gernot Rohr has named his 25-man list of players for the 2019 African cup of Nations holding in Egypt next month.
Rohr made some surprise inclusions with the erstwhile captain of the team, John Mike Obi making a sensational return to the national team.
Obi has not featured for the Super Eagles since the last match of the 2018 world cup where Nigeria lost to a Lionl Messi-inspired Argentina.
Mikel was missing as the Eagles had to navigate their navigate their way through the qualifiers to finish top of their group ahead of South Africa and Libya despite losing their first game.
The former Chelsea man is not the only surprise inclusion as many have raised eyebrows regarding the invitation of Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho.
Iheanacho has found game time hard to come by at Leicester and when he has gotten oppurtunities to play, he has been less than impressive; hugely characterized by his schocking miss against Manchester City two weeks ago.
Many had called for him to be dropped but Rohr is keeping faith in the youngster to come good for the team.
Meanwhile, Nigerians can be excited about the inclusion of arguably the revelation of the season in La Liga, Villareal’s Samuel Chukwueze.
Chukwueze has been sensational in the Spanish La Liga all season and although he was thought to be headed for the U-20 world cup in Poland, he would now travel with the senior team.
other exciting young talents like Henry Onyekuru, Paul Onuachu, Samuel Kalu and Alex Iwobi are also included on the list.
Invited players will report at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Asaba on Sunday, June 2, ahead of the friendly with Zimbabwe at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on June 8.
The team will depart for Egypt on June 9 for a final training camp in Ismailia before facing Senegal in their final pre-Afcon friendly on June 16.
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)
Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United, England)
Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Middlesbrough FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Okenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)
Forward: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Royal Charleroi SC, Belgium); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China); Alexander Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain)
Standby: Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba FC); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal); Junior Ajayi (Al Ahly, Egypt); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba FC)