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Nigeria unveils 30-man provisional list for FIFA World Cup

Nigeria unveils 30-man provisional list for FIFA World Cup

Hapoel Beer Sheva midfielder, John Ogu says he feels honoured and blessed to be considered good enough to be included in Nigeria's 30- man provisional World Cup list released by coach Gernot Rohr on Monday.

"It is the best we have and we are bringing to the table for now, " he added.

According to him, the need for commendation stemmed from the fact that some Nigerians had anticipated that he would succumb to pressure from interest groups, but the list has proved them wrong.

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho, Dele Ajiboye, Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

Captain Mikel Obi, goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, defenders Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile and Leon Balogun, as well as midfielders Ogenyi Onazi and Oghenekaro Etebo and forwards Ahmed Musa and Victor Moses all made the list.

A final squad of 23 players will be drawn from the provisional squad before the June 14-July 15 tournament starts.

Defenders: William Troost Ekong, Leon Balogun, Chidera Eze, Chidozie Awaziem, Kenneth Omeruo, Shehu Abdullahi, Tyrone Ebuhehi, Ola Aina, Elderson Echejile, Brian Idowu, Efe Ambrose.

Okala, who is the longest goalkeeper for Nigeria, however, said that he was happy for the new entrants into the squad - Junior Lokosa and Simeon Nwankwo. Mikel, Musa, Moses, Onazi and Omeruo were at the 2014 World Cup while Echiejile played at the 2010 edition in South Africa.

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