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Head coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Jose Peseiro, has handed invitations to 27 players ahead of Nigeria’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone and Sao Tome and Principe. Peseiro is set for his competitive outing with the three-time African champions when the qualifiers commence after failing to register a win in his first two games (international friendlies against Mexico and Ecuador). Nigeria will host the Lone Stars of Sierra Leone at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Abuja on June 9, 2022, before travelling to Sao Tome and Principe for their second game on June 13.

Notable names such as team captain, Ahmed Musa; vice-captain, William Troost-Ekong; SSC Napoli of Italy star, Victor Osimhen; Samuel Chukwueze; Alex Iwobi; Kenneth Omeruo; and Leon Balogun all made the squad.

Furthermore, Israeli-based goalkeeper Adebayo Adeleye who plays for Hapoel Jerusalem is set to make his debut for Nigeria after earning his first senior national team call-up.

See the full list of invited players below:


  • Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus)
  • Adewale Adeyinka (Akwa United)
  • Adebayo Adeleye (Hapoel Jerusalem, Israel)

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  • OlaoluwaAina (Torino FC, Italy)
  • William Ekong (Watford FC, England)
  • Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus)
  • Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)
  • Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey)
  • Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England)
  • Calvin Bassey (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland)
  • Sani Faisal (Katsina United)
  • Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain)

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  • Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland)
  • Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England)
  • Oghenekaro Etebo (Watford FC, England)
  • Innocent Bonke (FC Lorient, France)
  • Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England)


  • Ahmed Musa (FatihKaragumruk, Turkey)
  • Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal CF, Spain)
  • Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France)
  • Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy)
  • Cyriel Dessers (Feyenoord FC, The Netherlands)
  • Ademola Lookman (Leicester City, England)
  • Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria, Spain)
  • Terem Moffi (FC Lorient, France)
  • Emmanuel Dennis (Watford, England)


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This article was first published on 6th June 2022


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