Lokosa, Nwankwo Make Eagles' Provisional Squad


Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi and Ahmed Musa have all been included in Nigeria's provisional World Cup squad, as has Simeon Nwankwo, a 1.98-meter (6-foot-6) striker with Italian club Crotone who is uncapped at global level.

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

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.

Captain john Mikel Obi headlines the midfielders which also have Torino of Italy playmaker Joel Obi.

NFF Names 30 Eagles For World Cup

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

While the likes of recuperated Henry Onyekuru, Kayode Olanrewaju, Brown Ideye, Dele Alampasu, Anthony Nwakaeme and former Golden Eaglets star player, Victor Osimhen were conspicuously missing from the 30-man list released, yesterday, Gernot Rohr stuck with the quartet of Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Dele Ajiboye, Daniel Akpeyi and youngster Francis Uzoho in the goalkeeping department.

According to the NFF, the team is expected to assemble at the Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo on May 21 to begin the final preparation for the World Cup, which will kick off on June 14 in Russian Federation.

Argentina is one of the favourites to win the tournament and will share a group with Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria.