Experienced goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama will not feature at the 2018 FIFA World Cup at least judging from the Nigerian team summoned.
The 35 year old shot stopper who plies his trade at French League One outfit Lille has no place on the 30 man provisional squad named by Nigeria’s head coach Gernot Rohr.
Despite calls to have Enyeama, Rohr insists he is planning for the future and thus had to call players that will help Nigerian in the next tournaments.
The list has four goalkeepers,ten defenders, eight midfielders and eight forwards with only three locally based players.
Simeon Nwankwo who plays with Crotone in the Italian Serie A is one of the surprise inclusions for the Super Eagles.
The 26 year old striker has hit fine form at the right time scoring six goals in the last seven games.
The other new addition is sharp shooter Junior Lokosa who features for Nigeria Premier League outfit Kano Pillars. He currently leads the scoring charts with 18 goals.
Nigeria, one of the 5 representatives for Africa is in group D alongside Argentina, Croatia and debutants Iceland.
The Super Eagles are scheduled to play warm-up friendlies against DR Congo (28 May), England (2 June) and Czech Republic (6 June) in Austria.
Nigeria 30-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa), Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United)
Defenders: William Troost-Ekong and Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey); Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag, Netherlands); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England); Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV, Belgium); Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa, Turkey); Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria)
Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas, Spain); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Joel Obi (Torino, Italy), Mikel Agu (Bursaspor, Turkey)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal, England); Junior Lokosa (Kano Pillars); Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone, Italy).