by George Akpayen

Nigeria head coach, Samson Siasia, has announced a 24-man team ahead of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia scheduled to hold at the National Stadium in Abuja on March 26.

Siasia, 43, unveiled the names of the players that will battle for the starting 11 when Nigeria play host to the East Africans in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Abuja during a press conference on Thursday.

Real Zaragoza striker, Ikechukwu Uche, makes a return to the Nigerian men’s national team after a nine-month layoff due to injury.

AC Milan youngster, Nnamdi Oduamadi, was also handed his first call to the Super Eagles by Siasia.

Others called up by the Nigerian coach are goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama and Dele Aiyenugba as well as Taye Taiwo, Joseph Yobo, Olubayo Adefemi, Efe Ambrose, Elderson Echiejile, Dele Adeleye and Nwankwo Obiorah.

Others are former Warri Wolves’ striker Fengor Ogude, Joel Obi, Kalu Uche, Ahmed Musa, Victor Anichebe, Peter Utaka, Obinna Nsofor, Osaze Odemwingie, Solomon Okoronkwo, Obafemi Martins and John Mikel Obi.

However, two players from the Nigeria Premier League (NPL), Chibuzor Okonkwo of Heartland and Ehiosun Ekigho of Warri Wolves complete the 24-man team.

Siasia said Fenerbahce defender, Yobo, still remains the captain of the team.

“Joseph Yobo is still captain of the team,” Siasia told “Nothing has changed about that. He will be captain for the game against Ethiopia.”

The Super Eagles’ camp will open on March 14 in Abuja ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier but the foreign-based players are not expected until March 20.



  1. I think your questions would be best answered by the coach himself but lemmie try to guess.

    1. He has worked with the best home based players fror two months now and these are the two he best feels can use at this time.
    2. Sometimes you name a person in your team not because he will play but because you want him to feel part of the team again.
    Just like Kenny Dalglish did with Andy Carroll last month against Sparta Prague.

  2. I would have expected more home-based players but i guess the coach know best.
    I also undertstand your view about Uche's selection but this Ethopia game is a crunch one and i believe all the selected players should be eligible to play especially the attackers.

  3. Well, these are just my views. the coach will be in a better position to answer them and I will put them up to him when I get to Abuja early next week for the game.
    Have a good one

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