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  • Updated: May 24, 2024

Osimhen, Lookman, Okoye headline Finidi's squad for South Africa, Benin Republic

Osimhen, Lookman, Okoye headline Finidi's squad for South A

Super Eagles of Nigeria head coach, Finidi George on Friday officially released the squad list for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa and the Squirrels of Benin Republic slated for June 7 and 10 respectively.

UEFA Europa League final match-winner Ademola Lookman, 2023 African Player of the Year Victor Osimhen and German Bundesliga champion Victor Boniface top the list of 23 players named by the onetime Ajax star.

In-form Udinese goalkeeper Maduka Okoye deservedly makes his comeback to the team after a period of international inactivity

George also invited goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali, England-based defenders Calvin Bassey and Semi Ajayi, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi and Alhassan Yusuf, and forwards Kelechi Iheanacho, and Terem Moffi.

However, there was no place for recuperating Super Eagles captain at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d'Ivoire, William Troost-Ekong as well as Kenneth Omeruo and Ahmed Musa. 

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is set to captain the team in the two crucial qualifiers

Nigeria will lock horns with South Africa at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on Friday, 7th June starting from 8 pm, and then fly to Abidjan to face Benin Republic at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny on Monday, 10th June starting from 5 pm Nigeria time.

The three-time African champions started their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers last year on a slow note, drawing games against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.


THE FULL SQUAD


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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