Eagles' World Cup list good, says Okala

Eagles' World Cup list good, says Okala

Nigeria released a provisional 30 man squad for the 2018 World Cup on Monday, with Tianjin Teda midfielder John Obi Mikel was named as Nigeria captain.

The German had insisted that the players who played the qualifiers were top on his priority list, adding that the local league players had "a little chance" of making the squad to Russian Federation.

He said: "We need to commend the effort of the coach that he was able to come out with this list in spite of pressure from agents of some unfit players".

Ogu could not hide his joy when tweeted after learning of his inclusion in the list, " I feel blessed and honoured to be in the 30-man provisional list to the World Cup.

"The (home-based) boys have a little chance if they play very well for their clubs; you know we have to take the fittest also".

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It included goalkeepers - Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi and Dele Ajiboye.

Defenders: William Troost Ekong, Leon Balogun, Chidera Eze, Chidozie Awaziem, Kenneth Omeruo, Shehu Abdullahi, Tyrone Ebuhehi, Ola Aina, Elderson Echejile, Brian Idowu, Efe Ambrose.

A former Green Eagles Goalkeeper, Emmanuel Okala, has hailed Super Eagles' Technical Adviser, Coach Gernot Rohr, for the World Cup provisional list, saying it was "a good list, with promising players".

Chelsea wingback Victor Moses was Nigeria's top scorer in the qualifying campaign with three goals, while Mikel, Alex Iwobi, Moses Simon and Kelechi Iheanacho weighed in with two goals apiece.

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