FULL LIST: Okoye returns as Finidi names squad for S’Africa, Benin games

FULL LIST: Okoye returns as Finidi names squad for S’Africa, Benin games

Super Eagles Head Coach Finidi George has released his provisional 23-man squad ahead of the double-legged 2026 World Cup qualifying games against South Africa and Benin Republic in June.

The Super Eagles will play two crucial matches against South Africa at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Friday, 7 June, at 8 p.m. Currently, the Eagles sit third in Group C with two points, while Rwanda is at the top with four points, followed by South Africa with three points. After the home tie against Bafana Bafana, the Eagles will travel to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, to face the Cheetahs of Benin Republic at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny on Monday, 10 June, at 5 pm Nigerian time. The 23-man squad includes the injured Victor Osimhen and long-term absentee goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, who comes into the squad in place of regular camper Francis Uzoho.

 

Ademola Lookman, Nathan Tella, and Victor Boniface, who all had outstanding seasons in Italy and Germany, have been included in the squad. Meanwhile, the likes of Ademola Lookman, Nathan Tella, and Victor Boniface, who just had a blistering season, were also included in the list. A positive for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) was the inclusion of Remo Stars’ right-back Sodiq Ismail. According to the press release from the NFF head of communication, Ademola Olajire, Finidi made some changes to the previous roster he compiled for the last international break. Gabriel Osho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Sadiq Umar, and Francis Uzoho, who were previously called up to the national team, have not been included in this squad selection.
Goalkeepers:
Stanley Nwabali
Maduka Okoye
Ojo Olorunleke
Defenders:
Chidozie Awaziem
Bright Osayi-Samuel
Sadiq Ismael
Oluwasemilogo Ajayi
Calvin Bassey
Benjamin Tanimu
Midfielders:
Wilfred Ndidi
Raphael Onyedika
Alhassan Yusuf Abdullahi
Frank Onyeka
Alex Iwobi
Fisayo Dele-Bashiru
Forwards:
Nathan Tella
Victor Osimhen
Kelechi Iheanacho
Samuel Chukwueze
Paul Onuachu
Ademola Lookman
Victor Boniface
Terem Moffi

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