Brila.net highlights five Super Eagles stars who we will miss next month’s World Cup in Russia after they were not listed by Coach Gernot Rohr on his 30-man provisional squad on Monday.
Vincent Enyeama (Goalkeeper/Lille)
The debate to recall the experienced goalkeeper from a self-imposed international exile was long drawn but in the end, ‘Vinny’ won’t be on the flight to Russia.The former skipper has played at three World Cups – 2002, 2010 and 2014.
However, he has failed to return to first-team action at Lille, who have barely survived relegation from the French Ligue 1 this season.
Olanrewaju Kayode (Striker/Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine)
The Manchester City striker’s career is back on track after a torrid time at Spanish La Liga outfit Girona on loan from Manchester City.He has won a league and cup double with his loan side, Shakhtar and even weighed in with a couple of goals but it was coming a little too late to get him on the Super Eagles plane to Russia.
Henry Onyekuru (Forward/Anderlecht)
The Everton loanee’s dream to play at the World Cup has been dashed, but the good thing is he has time on his side and he should be in the reckoning for the 2022 World Cup.He has yet to play his long-awaited comeback game for Anderlecht after his long-term knee injury.
Missing the World Cup will now make it a lot more difficult for him to be granted a work permit in the UK, meaning he will have to spend another season on loan at Anderlecht.
Brown Ideye (Forward, Malaga)
On-Loan Malaga forward, Brown Ideye also missed out on the chance to represent his fatherland at the FIFA Mundial after failing to impress the National team handlers.Meanwhile, Kano Pillars’s Junior Lokosa and Crotone’s Simeon Nwankwo form have gotten them in the 30-man preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup ahead of the experienced Ideye.
Lokosa has been in terrific form in the Nigeria Professional Football League scoring 18 goals in 20 matches – including a brace against Katsina United on Sunday.
Anthony Nwakaeme (Forward, Hapoel Be’er Sheva)
Hapoel Be’er Sheva striker Anthony Nwakaeme has also missed out on a World Cup chance with the Nigeria national team despite winning the Isreali League alongside John Ogu last weekend.Nwakaeme was voted the best player in Israel last season and was called up by Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr ahead of World Cup qualifier against Cameroon.
Gernot Rohr’s vision for the future coupled with the recent form of Kano Pillars’ Junior Lokosa and Crotone’s forward, Simeon Nwankwo might have been responsible for Tony missing out of the provisional Squad list.
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