Eight things to note on Super Eagles 23-man roster for AFCONQ v Sierra Leone

Published: June 09, 2023
Eight things to note on Super Eagles 23-man roster for AFCONQ v Sierra Leone

The Nigeria Football Federation have announced the Super Eagles squad list for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Sierra Leone on Sunday, June 18.


Three goalkeepers, eight defenders, five midfielders and seven attackers have been summoned  by manager Jose Peseiro.


Allnigeriasoccer.com's editorial staff brings you eight things to note on the roster : 


1) The roster holds an average age of 25.65 years as at Friday, June 9. Ahmed Musa is the oldest player at 30 and the youngest is ex-Golden Eaglets star Divine Nwachukwu at 20.


2) The roster is made up of thirteen players who were part of the Super Eagles side at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. They are Ndidi, Troost-Ekong, Ajayi, Musa, Onyeka, Aribo, Sanusi, Iheanacho, Simon, Chukwueze, Iwobi, Awoniyi and Omeruo. 


3) The players invited represent clubs in ten different countries: England (8), Nigeria (4), Spain (2), Italy (2), Turkey (2), Netherlands (1), France (1), Germany (1), Israel (1) and Portugal (1).


4) Six players were born abroad: Troost-Ekong, Bassey, Akpoguma, Ajayi, Aribo and Lookman.


5) Five players are seeking their first international cap against Sierra Leone: Nwachukwu, Adeleye, Sochima, Ojo and Duru, 


6) Four players have appeared in each of Nigeria's 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. They are Osimhen, Iwobi, Ajayi and Moses Simon.


7) Should he play against Sierra Leone, Bendel Insurance sensation Divine Nwachukwu would become only the second Golden Eaglets player in the class of 2019 to feature for the Super Eagles, following in the footsteps of Red Bull Salzburg's Samson Tijani. 


8) Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi has played every single minute of the national team's matches since the appointment of Jose Peseiro as coach, comprising four in AFCON qualifying and four friendly matches. 


Super Eagles' 23-man squad v Sierra Leone

Goalkeepers 3): Adebayo Adeleye (Hapoel Jerusalem, Israel); Victor Sochima (Rivers United); Olorunleke Ojo (Enyimba FC)

Defenders (8): William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Calvin Bassey (Ajax FC, The Netherlands); Kevin Akpoguma (TSG Hoffenheim, Germany); Chidiebube Duru (Rivers United); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); Bright Osayi-Samuel (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey)

Midfielders (5): Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Southampton FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Divine Nwachukwu (Bendel Insurance); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England)

Forwards (7): Moses Simon (Nantes FC, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Ademola Lookman (Atalanta FC, Italy); Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy); Taiwo Awoniyi (Nottingham Forest, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Ahmed Musa (Sivasspor K, Turkey)



Ifeanyi Emmanuel 



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