Eight things to note on Super Eagles' 27-man squad for friendlies against Ghana and Mali 

Published: March 09, 2024
Eight things to note on Super Eagles' 27-man squad for friendlies against Ghana and Mali 

The Nigeria Football Federation have announced a 27-man roster ahead of the Super Eagles' March internationals against Ghana and Mali in the Moroccan city of Marrakech.

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

1) The roster holds an average age of 26.07 years as at Saturday, March 9. Kenneth Omeruo is the oldest player at 30 years and 144 days and the youngest is Benjamin Tianimu at 21.

2) The twenty seven players play in thirteen different countries: England (9), Turkey (3), Italy (3), Portugal (2), Belgium (2), South Africa (1), Nigeria (1), Tanzania (1), Germany (1), Scotland (1), Cyprus (1), Spain (1), France (1)

3) Four players are aged 23 or younger: Benjamin Tianimu, Raphael Onyedika, Alhassan Yusuf and Fisayo Dele-Bashiru. 

4) The squad contains three goalkeepers, ten defenders, five midfielders and nine forwards.

5) Seventeen players were part of the Super Eagles squad that reached the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. 

6) With 76 caps, Alex Iwobi is the most capped player named on the roster, followed by Moses Simon (70) and Kenneth Omeruo (67). 

7) Three players are products of Arsenal youth team: Nathan Tella, Alex iwobi and Semi Ajayi

8) Luton Town's central defender Gabriel Osho joins Benjamin Tianimu and Ojo Olorunleke as the three uncapped players on the roster. 

Nigeria's 27-man squad

Goalkeepers: Stanley Nwabali (Chippa United, South Africa); Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Ojo Olorunleke (Enyimba FC)

Defenders: Gabriel Osho (Luton FC, England); Chidozie Awaziem (Boavista FC, Portugal); Bright Osayi-Samuel (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey); Tyronne Ebuehi (Empoli FC, Italy); Bruno Onyemaechi (Boavista FC, Portugal); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Calvin Bassey (Fulham FC, England); Jamilu Collins (Cardiff City, Wales); Benjamin Tianimu (Ihefu SC, Tanzania)

Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Raphael Onyedika (Club Brugge, Belgium); Alhassan Yusuf (Royal Antwerp FC, Belgium); Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Fulham FC, England)

Forwards: Nathan Tella (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany); Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Sadiq Umar (Real Sociedad, Spain); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Ademola Lookman (Atalanta FC, Italy); Fisayo Dele-Bashiru (Hatayspor, Turkey); Taiwo Awoniyi (Nottingham Forest, England); Cyriel Dessers (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland)  

Ifeanyi Emmanuel 


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