The Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr on Sunday finally named his 23-man squad that will be heading to Russia to make Nigeria proud in the 2018 World Cup.
Having already trimmed down the provisional squad to 25 before the England friendly, Rohr was left with the decision of dropping two players from the roster.
The ‘unlucky’ duo dropped on Sunday are Ola Aina and Mikel Agu.
With barely a few days to the dawn of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, 360nobs decides to take a look at the anointed eagles that will fly the countries flag in Russia; the ordained gladiators that should conquer adversaries in the fore of the most prestigious football tournament on Earth come
Francis Odinaka Uzoho – born 28 October 1998 – is Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Deportivo de La Coruña as a goalkeeper.
With just 5 caps to his name, the former Golden Eaglets reserve goalie, who made his Eagles debut in a 4-2 win over Argentina in November 2017, is expected to be the first choice in Russia.
Ikechukwu Ezenwa – born 16 October 1988 – is a Nigerian football goalkeeper who currently plays for Enyimba in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
He was a member of the Nigeria U-23 at the 2008 Summer Olympics , featuring in the qualifier games. He got the call up to the Nigeria Super Eagles in 2015 under the authority of Coach Sunday Oliseh.
He has 24 caps and was a first-choice goalie for the Super Eagles during the World Cup qualifiers, playing four of the games.
Daniel Akpeyi – born 8 March 1986 – is a Nigerian football goalkeeper who plays for Chippa United.
Already having seven caps, Akpeyi made his first full cap in 2015, when he was called in for the friendly vs. South Africa as a replacement for an injured Vincent Enyeama.
He saved a penalty and was lauded for his strong keeping in his Man of the Match performance
Brian Oladapo Idowu is a Russian-Nigerian professional football player who currently plays as a left-back for FC Amkar Perm and Nigeria.
With 4 caps, the 26-year-old is considered by many as the answer to Nigeria’s problematic left-back position.
Once a winger, now converted into a left-back, Idowu’s pace and power have been key for Amkar Perm in the Russian Premier League.
Shehu Abdullahi – born 12 March 1993 – is a Nigerian football midfielder, who plays for Turkish side Bursaspor.
Playing just four games in the qualifiers and with about 24 caps to his name, Abdullahi’s pace and ability to play at either right back or central midfield are the keys that stand him out.
Chidozie Collins Awaziem – born 1 January 1997 – is a Nigerian footballer who plays for French club FC Nantes on loan from FC Porto as a central defender.
Still unable to establish himself as a first choice at centre back, the Porto star is already having for caps to his name.
He made his senior debut on 1 June 2017, starting in a 3–0 win over Togo in Paris in another exhibition game.
Leon Balogun – born 28 June 1988 – is a German-born Nigerian professional football defender who plays for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion.
Born to a Nigerian father and German mother, Balogun was called up by Nigeria for a March 2014 friendly against Mexico as a replacement for Joseph Yobo. He has 18 caps.
Elderson Uwa Echiéjilé – born 20 January 1988 – is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Belgian club Cercle Brugge K.S.V. as a left back.
A full international for Nigeria since 2009, Echiéjilé played at two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, winning the 2013 edition, and also played in two World Cups. He has 58 caps.
William Troost-Ekong – born 1 September 1993 – is a professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Turkish club Bursaspor.
Born in the Netherlands, the no-nonsense defender, who was outstanding for Nigeria in 2016 Rio Olympic Games, has 21 caps already to his name
Kenneth Josiah Omeruo – born 17 October 1993 – is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Kasımpaşa on loan from English club Chelsea
He made his international debut against Cape Verde in 2013, having been fast-tracked from junior level. He has 38 caps.
Tyronne Ebuehi (born 16 December 1995) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club Benfica and the Nigeria national team as a right back. He has 6 caps.
John Obi Mikel
John Mikel Obi is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Chinese club Tianjin TEDA in the Chinese Super League and the Nigeria national team.
With over 84 caps to his name, Mikel is Super Eagles captain and Nigeria’s most regular and consistent performer over the last 12 years. He played all four games for the Super Eagles in the 2014 World Cup.
John Ogu is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a Central Midfielder for Israeli Premier League side Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
He debuted against Kenya in a 1-1 draw, where he was used as a substitute to replace an injured Victor Moses. He has been a regular ever since with 19 caps.
Ogenyi Eddy Onazi – born 25 December 1992 – is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Turkish club Trabzonspor and the Nigeria national team.
He is a hardworking midfielder with a penchant for long-range goals. Though he has 52 caps, his position in the midfield is now under threat following below-par displays in recent games.
Etebo Peter Oghenekaro – born 9 November 1995 – is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club UD Las Palmas, on loan from Portuguese club CD Feirense, and the Nigerian national team.
He has been described as a box-to-box midfielder who possesses boundless energy and is able to support defensive play in addition to his natural attacking talents. He is known for making runs from deep and arriving in the box from midfield to complete attacking moves. His versatility has also seen him play in the right-back position for both club and his national team. He also has 14 caps.
Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi, known as Wilfred Ndidi, is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Leicester City and the Nigeria national team as a midfielder.
His work rate and technical ability have been widely praised. He has 16 caps.
Joel Chukwuma Obi known as Joel Obi, is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian club Torino and the Nigerian national team. He has 17 caps.
Alexander Chuka Iwobi – born 3rd May 1996 – is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Arsenal and the Nigeria national team.
He is very skillful and fast on the ball. With 18 appearances for Nigeria, Iwobi has been on top of his game for Arsenal this season.
Victor Moses is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a winger or wing-back on either flank for Premier League club Chelsea and the Nigeria national team.
He has 33 appearances for Nigerian and has scored three goals in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Ahmed Musa is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Russian club CSKA Moscow, on loan from English team Leicester City, and the Nigeria national team. The positions he plays are striker and left winger.
Musa was named in Stephen Keshi’s squad for the 2014 World Cup. He scored two goals in the team’s final group F match, a 3-2 defeat to Argentina. He has 71 caps for Nigeria.
Odion Jude Ighalo – born 16 June 1989 – is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Chinese club Changchun Yatai and the Nigerian national. He is 28 and has 18 caps for Nigeria.
Following his rich vein of form for Changchun Yatai in the Chinese Super League, Odion is expected to be Eagles’ arrowhead the Super Eagles attack in Russia.
Simeon ‘Simy’ Nwankwo
Simeon “Simy” Tochukwu Nwankwo – born 7 May 1992 – is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian club Crotone in the Serie A.
The striker recently made his debut for Nigeria in an international friendly against DR Congo.
Kelechi Promise Iheanacho – born 10 March 1996 – is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Leicester City and the Nigeria national team
The 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup Golden Boot and MVP winner has netted eight goals in 17 appearances for the Super Eagles. His stats looks good ahead of Russia 2018.