Saturday, October 12 2013

Ethiopia Vs Nigeria – Addis Ababa

In a bid to topple Ethiopia, Nigeria Coach Stephen Keshi has named an unchanged squad from the side that beat Malawi 2-0 in the final group F game to claim a place in the 2014 World Cup Africa qualifiers play offs.

Top guns Mikel Obi from Chelsea, Liverpool’s loan signing Victor Moses and Fernerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike all made the squad that includes three goalkeepers, seven defenders, seven midfielders and six strikers. 

Five players from the domestic league namely Chigozie Agbim, Francis Benjamin, Solomon Kwambe, Azubuike Egwuekwe and Sunday Mba make the team.

The Super Eagles qualified for the play offs after topping group F with 12 points five ahead of second placed Malawi while Ethiopia; Cecafa region’s only representatives in the final round topped group A on 13 points despite three points deduction for fielding an ineligible player I the win over Botswana earlier in the campaign.

The African champions will be guests of the Ethiopians in Addis Ababa on Saturday, October 12, while the return leg take place at U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar on Saturday, November 16.

Nigeria squad:

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille FC, France); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria)

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Braga, Portugal); Francis Benjamin (Heartland FC, Nigeria); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria); Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor FC, Turkey); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); James Okwuosa (Chippa United, South Africa)

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); John Ogu (Academica de Coimbra, Portugal); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain); Victor Moses (Liverpool, England); Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Nnamdi Oduamadi (AC Milan, Italy)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine); Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United, England); Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey); Obinna Nsofor (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); Uche Nwofor (SC Heerenveen, Netherlands)

Can Ethiopia shock the African Champions and reach their first ever World Cup finals?

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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