May 27, 2024
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Head coach of Nigeria’s national team, Jose Peseiro is set to shock Nigerian fans by dropping some big names from the Super Eagles African Cup of Nations squad.

On Monday the Nigerian Football Federation submitted a forty-member provisional squad to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for next month’s tournament in Ivory Coast.

Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, Bayer Leverkusen’s Victor Boniface, and A.C Milan winger Samuel Chukwueze were all named in the provisional squad.

Peseiro named a record thirteen strikers in the provisional list to CAF.

Sources say the Super Eagles coach will accommodate only five of the thirteen attackers in Nigeria’s final AFCON 2023 Squad.

While big names like Osimhen and Boniface are expected to retain their place, others like Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa face a battle for a place in Nigeria’s final 27-man squad.

All national teams can submit a provisional squad to the tournament organizers CAF but are obliged to submit a final squad by January 3, 2023.

The Super Eagles are drawn in Group A with hosts Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau.

The three-time champions’ opening fixture is against Equatorial Guinea at the Alhassan Quattara Stadium, Ebimpe, Abidjan on January 14.

THE FULL PROVISIONAL SQUAD

Goalkeepers

1. Francis Uzoho

2. Adebayo Adeleye

3. Ojo Olorunleke

4. Stanley Nwabali

5. Amas Obasogie

6. Christian Nwoke

Defenders

1. Ola Aina

2. Bright Osayi-Samuel

3. Tyronne Ebuehi

4. Jamilu Collins

5. Zaidu Sanusi

6. Bruno Onyemaechi

7. William Troost-Ekong

8. Semi Ajayi

9. Calvin Bassey

10. Kenneth Omeruo

11. Kevin Akpoguma

12. Chidozie Awaziem

13. Jordan Torunarigha

Midfielders

1. Wilfred Ndidi

2. Frank Onyeka

3. Joe Aribo

4. Alex Iwobi

5. Alhassan Yusuf

6. Fisayo Dele-Bashiru

7. Raphael Onyedika Nwadike

8. Kelechi Nwakali

Attackers

1. Victor Osimhen

2. Victor Boniface

3. Terem Moffi

4. Umar Sadiq

5. Ahmed Musa

6. Paul Onuachu

7. Cyriel Dessers

8. Ademola Lookman

9. Nathan Tella

10. Moses Simon

11. Emmanuel Dennis

12. Samuel Chukwueze

13. Kelechi Iheanacho

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