Ideye returns as Yusuf invites 26 for Mali, Luxembourg friendlies

Super Eagles consortium of coaches led by Salisu Yusuf has invited 26 players for the international friendly games against Mali and Luxembourg.

The three-time African champions failed to qualify for a second successive Africa Cup of Nations tournament holding in Gabon and as a result, will be shifting all attention to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Returning to the team after a three-year absence is Olympiacos forward, Brown Ideye, who last featured for the Eagles at the 2013 AFCON in South Africa.

The 27-year-old former Dynamo Kiev man has had a career revival after leaving West Brom last summer, scoring 11 goals in 32 appearance as The Legends won a record 43rd Greek Super League.

Also making a comeback is Turkey based midfielder, Raheem Lawal, and Haugesund of Norway defender, William Troost Ekong – both failed to feature under ex-coach, Sunday Oliseh.

Uncapped duo, Musa Mohammed and Chiedozie Awaziem, were also given a first time call-up after impressing for Istanbul Basaksehir in the Turkish League and FC Porto in the Portuguese top flight.

The manager kept faith in a bunch of the regulars such as skipper John Obi Mikel, England based trio, Victor Moses, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi, as well as CSKA Moscow forward, Ahmed Musa.

Nigeria take on Les Aiglons of Mali in France on May 27 before flying to Luxembourg to take on that country’s team on the first day of June.

Full list of invited players

Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars)

Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal); Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France); Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK, Turkey); Leon Balogun (Mainz 05, Germany); Gbenga Arokoyo (Gaziantepspor, Turkey); William Troost Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal)

Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium); Raheem Lawal (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey); Etebo Oghenekaro (SC Farense, Portugal)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (West Ham United, England); Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Aminu Umar (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey); Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Olympiacos FC, Greece)