Nigeria name provisional 2018 World Cup squad

Tuesday May 15 2018

Nigerian striker Simeon Nwankwo. PHOTO | BBC

Nigerian striker Simeon Nwankwo. PHOTO | BBC 

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Nigeria have named uncapped Crotone striker Simeon Nwankwo in a provisional 30-man squad for the 2018 World Cup.

The 26-year-old is a surprise inclusion after a breakthrough season in Italy where he scored seven goals, including an overhead kick against Juventus.

Coach Gernot Rohr has also included three Nigerian Premier League players, including top scorer Junior Lokosa of Kano Pillars (who has 18 goals).

Two members of Nigeria's African Nations Championship side also made it.

Training camp

Both Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Ajiboye are goalkeepers, which means there is no place for the country's most-capped international - goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama - despite growing calls from a section of fans for him to recall the former captain.

The team's training camp will run from May 22 until June 11.

The Super Eagles are scheduled to play warm-up friendlies against DR Congo (May 28), England (June 2) and Czech Republic (June 6) in Austria.

Rohr is expected to make his final cuts to the squad after the England match, needing to drop seven players before travelling to Russia with his final 23.

The Super Eagles will be making a sixth appearance at the World Cup tournament in Russia where they will play Argentina, Iceland and Croatia in Group D.

The three-time African champions reached the Round of 16 in 1994, 1998 and 2014 but exited the 2002 and 2010 tournaments in the group stages.

Nigeria 30-man squad: