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Onuachu, Osimhen in Super Eagles squad for Portugal friendly, Iheanacho, Awoniyi dropped

Super Eagles head coach Jose Peseiro has named a strong squad of 23 players for the friendly against World Cup-bound Portugal in Lisbon on November 17.

The in-form attacking trio of Genk’s Paul Onuachu, who is making a return after a long absence, Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Atalanta’s Ademola Lookman head the squad to face Cristiano Ronaldo and his colleagues.

Captain William Troost-Ekong, goalkeeper Francis Uzoho and midfielder Wilfred Ndidi are also included in the squad.

There are also call-ups for defenders Calvin Bassey and Kevin Akpoguma, midfielders Joe Aribo and Alex Iwobi, as well as forwards Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze and Emmanuel Dennis.

However, there is no place for Kelechi Iheanacho, who has not played much for Leicester City this season, and striker Taiwo Awoniyi, who has been in and out of the Nottingham Forest team.

Empoli full-back Tyronne Ebuehi makes a return to the squad, along with midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo, who is now with Greek club Aris Thessaloniki.

Defenders Bruno Onyemaechi and Bright Osayi-Samuel (based in Portugal and Turkey respectively) are called up for the first time.

Thursday’s game at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon, which is three days before the World Cup starts, will kick off at 6.45pm Portuguese time (7.45pm in Nigeria).

Portugal are in Group H in Qatar, with Uruguay, South Korea and Ghana, who incidentally eliminated Nigeria from the World Cup race.


Maduka Okoye (Watford FC, England); Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Adebayo Adeleye (Hapoel Jerusalem, Israel)

William Troost-Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olisa Ndah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa); Calvin Bassey (Ajax FC, The Netherlands); Kevin Akpoguma (TSG Hoffenheim, Germany); Chidiebube Duru (Rivers United); Tyronne Ebuehi (Empoli FC, Italy); Bruno Onyemaechi (Boavista FC, Portugal); Bright Osayi Samuel (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey)

Joe Aribo (Southampton FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Aris Thessaloniki, Greece)

Moses Simon (Nantes FC, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Ademola Lookman (Atalanta FC, Italy); Terem Moffi (Lorient FC, France); Paul Onuachu (Genk FC, Belgium); Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy); Emmanuel Dennis (Nottingham Forest, England)

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