Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Stephen Keshi has invited 11 foreign-based players for the Senior National Team’s 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying game with Rwanda.
The 50-year manager recalled Blackburn Rover's power-playing forward Yakubu Ayegbeni and midfielder Sani Kaita, both of whom have not donned the Nigerian jersery since the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Kaita earned a red card for retaliation in Nigeria’s second group phase match against Greece in Bloemfontein while Ayegbeni has been overlooked since missing a sitter against the Republic of Korea in Durban. That miss ended the Super Eagles dream of qualifying for the Round of 16 at Africa’s first World Cup finals.
Foreign pros invited include goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, defenders Joseph Yobo (Captain) and Taye Taiwo; midfielders Joel Obi, Dickson Etuhu and Victor Moses.
Ahmed Musa, Ikechukwu Uche and Osaze Odemwingie completed the list.
Ayegbeni, who scored for Blackburn in the English Premiership on his return to action after a three-match ban at the weekend, remains Nigeria’s most prolific striker since Samson Siasia hung his international boots in 1999.
NFF’s Director of Technical, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme said on Thursday that the players are expected in camp on February 26, while the Nigeria team to Rwanda will fly out of Abuja aboard a chartered flight on Monday, February 27.
Ikpeme also explained that all the 20 home boys who travelled to Liberia will remain in camp in Abuja until Coach Stephen Keshi names his squad for the Rwanda match on February 26.