Arsenal youngster, Alex Iwobi, has become the latest player to be called up by Nigeria manager, Sunday Oliseh, for next month’s international matches against DR Congo and Cameroon.
The Nigerian trainer has moved immediately to invite the teenage striker after the world football governing body, FIFA, clarified that he can go ahead and play for the former African champions.
The 19-year-old has already trained with the Nigerian under-23s currently coached by former international, Samson Siasia.
“Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh, has added Arsenal FC starlet Alex Iwobi to the list of invited players for next month’s friendly internationals against Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon in Belgium.
“Iwobi, who trained with the Nigeria U-23 squad ahead of an All-Africa Games qualifying return leg match early in March , is eligible to represent Nigeria despite featuring for England at youth level,” the official website of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), thenff.com, announced on Tuesday.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles are scheduled to face the Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo on October 8 and three days later, will go up against Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions. Both games will hold in Belgium.
Iwobi’s invitation now takes the number of player called up for the two internationals to 25.
The full squad
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France); Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars); Femi Thomas (Enyimba FC)
Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France); Chima Akas (Sharks FC); Godfrey Oboabona (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); William Troost Ekong (FK Haugesund, Norway); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK, Turkey); Austin Obaroakpo (Abia Warriors)
Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Paul Onobi (Sunshine Stars); Obiora Nwankwo (Coimbra FC, Portugal); John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Rabiu Ibrahim (AS Trencin, Slovakia)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Al Ain, UAE); Sylvester Igbonu (FC UFA, Russia); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (West Ham United, England); Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England); Prince Aggreh (Sunshine Stars); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England)