Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has invited 30 players to camp to prosecute the team’s jumbo schedule between the end of May and mid-July, during which about 10 matches may be played.
The African champions have a high-profile friendly against CONCACAF champions Mexico in Houston, Texas, USA on the last day of May, before two World Cup qualifying matches in Nairobi and Windhoek that come before the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil.
At that tournament, Nigeria is scheduled to play Tahiti, Uruguay and Spain but will play two more games if they advance to the knock-out stage, before returning to Africa for a 2014 African Nations Championship qualifying fixture against Cote d’Ivoire.
Alongside such front liners as Vincent Enyeama, Mikel Obi, Efe Ambrose, Godfrey Oboabona, Ahmed Musa and Victor Moses, Keshi also called back John Ogu, Michael Babatunde, both of whom were first called for last month’s match against Kenya.
Notably, Anthony Ujah, the Cologne FC (Germany) hit man, will be making his first appearance in the Super Eagles camp, while midfielder Kalu Uche returns after 16 months in the international wilderness. The top scorer of the 29th Africa Cup of Nations, Emmanuel Emenike, now free of injury, also returns to the fold.
There are four goalkeepers, eight defenders, seven midfielders and 11 strikers.
The delegation of 12 home-based players and technical/backroom staff will depart Abuja for a training camp in Nuremberg, Germany on May 15 while the overseas-based professionals are expected to join the team in Germany as their various Leagues come to an end.
Players in Russia, Ukraine and Norway may only join the team for the matches against Kenya and Namibia, and for the FIFA Confederations Cup tournament.