Super Eagles Captain, John Obi Mikel will not be playing for Nigeria in the African Nations Cup qualifying series following the national team handlers’ decision to accept his exemption plea.
Mikel was excused from the last match against Seychelles in Mahe as he pleaded to be given time to recuperate fully from the injury he copped at the Russia 2018 World Cup.
In the squad released by Rohr, yesterday are Moses Simon, who has not played for Nigeria since injury ruled him out of June’s World Cup, William Troost-Ekong, Alex Iwobi, and Ola Aina, who missed the match against Seychelles due to injury.
Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa is the only home-based professional in the squad. China-based forward Odion Ighalo and Russia-based defender Bryan Idowu are also among the pack that has been called to hunt for the six maximum points against Group E leaders Libya in the Matchday 3 and 4 games.
Nigeria host the first leg at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Saturday, October 13 with the return scheduled for the 18,000-capacity Stade Taïeb Mhiri in the city of Sfax, Tunisia on Tuesday, October 16.
Also back in the team is former junior international, Isaac Success, but Italy-based Simeon Nwankwo, who was in Seychelles and scored against Liberia in a friendly last month, is omitted.
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