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2 surprises in Nigeria's provisional WCup squad

2 surprises in Nigeria's provisional WCup squad

Nigeria's manager, Gernot Rohr, has released his 30-man provisional shortlist for the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.

Nigerian football fans have reacted to Kano Pillars striker Junior Lokosa invitation to Super Eagles.

26-year-old Nwankwo gets his maiden global call-up thanks to his fine form in the Italian topflight where he has scored six goals in his last seven outings.

Apart from the usual suspects, Junior Lokosa, Kano Pillars and Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) highest goal scorer, was included in the list.

GOALKEEPERS: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United), Francis Uzoho, (Deportivo de La Coruna) and Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United).

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Also in the team are Leicester City's duo of Wilfried Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Ogenyi Onazi, Kenneth Omeruo, Ahmed Musa and China-based Odion Ighalo.

Nigeria's training camp begins next Monday ahead of scheduled friendlies against Congo on May 28, England on June 2, and Czech Republic on June 6.

Nigeria will open their World Cup campaign on June 16 against Croatia in Kaliningrad before playing debutants Iceland on June 22 at the Volgograd Arena.

Defenders include: Stephen Eze, Tyronne Ebuehi, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Olaoluwa Aina, Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu and Elderson Echiejile.


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