Lokosa, Nwankwo make Rohr's 30-man provisional W'Cup squad

Lokosa, Nwankwo make Rohr's 30-man provisional W'Cup squad

Nigeria have announced their 30-man provisional squad for the 2018 World Cup, which includes a player from the Premier Soccer League.

Since first qualifying for the tournament in 1994, Nigeria has played in the World Cup a further four times but never advancing beyond the "Round of 16".

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

"He is the surprise package for me".

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

Speculation over which players makes the final 23-man squad is already rife amongst those eager to see their favourite players turn out for the Super Eagles.

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Godwin Bamigboye, the Chairman, FCT Football Coaches Association said the inclusion of the country's biggest goal contributors in the list was a welcome development.

The attackers are Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); and another newcomer, Nwankwo Simeon (Crotone FC, Italy).

Emmanuel Amakiri, the proprietor of Amakson Football Academy said he wasn't completely satisfied with the list, adding that the goalkeeping and defence departments still looked weak.

"I know that a lot of extensive work has been done".

"Some however discovered their form when it mattered most, such as Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa who had to go back to Russian Federation to begin to command attention once again", he said.

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