Russian Federation 2018: Super Eagles will spring surprise - Izilien

Posted May 16, 2018

While reacting to the Eagles 30-man provisional list submitted to Federation Internationale de Football Association on Monday Dodo Mayana- as he was fondly called during his playing days passed a vote of confidence on the four goalkeepers that made the list.

He had said, "The surprises can only come if some players are doing so well and we have to take them, it will be wonderful to see some surprises".

"It is the best we have and we are bringing to the table for now, " he added. "In the first 35-man list, they have a chance".

Joining Mikel in the midfield are Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (UD Las Palmas, Spain); John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Israel); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Joel Obi (Torino FC, Italy); and Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey).

Defenders: William Troost Ekong, Leon Balogun, Chidera Eze, Chidozie Awaziem, Kenneth Omeruo, Shehu Abdullahi, Tyrone Ebuhehi, Ola Aina, Elderson Echejile, Brian Idowu, Efe Ambrose.

The attackers are Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); and another newcomer, Nwankwo Simeon (Crotone FC, Italy).

Okala, who is the longest goalkeeper for Nigeria, however, said that he was happy for the new entrants into the squad - Junior Lokosa and Simeon Nwankwo.

The 25-year old was involved in the goal against Zambia that sealed Nigeria's qualification for the World Cup, and barring any unforseen circumstance, should make the final 23-man squad to Russian Federation.

Chippa United keeper Akpeyi, who clocks 32 on August 3, is the oldest member of the squad.