Kelechi Iheanacho and Semi Ajayi are the two players dropped from the provisional 25-man squad of the Super Eagles ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Manager Gernot Rohr has announced the final 23-man squad to represent Nigeria at this year’s tournament in Egypt.
— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) June 9, 2019
Iheanacho struggled for regular playing time at Leicester City this season and failed to convince Rohr he is worthy of a place in Egypt.
Although Ajayi was a standout performer for Rotherham United in the English Championship, he could not make the list in the place of more experienced Eagles who play at bigger clubs.
Rohr’s Eagles were held to a goalless draw by the Warriors of Zimbabwe in a pre-AFCON friendly in Asaba at the weekend.
They are scheduled to face the Teranga Lions of Senegal on June 16, before they begin their AFCON campaign on June 22 against Burundi. Guinea and Madagascar are their other group foes.
The 23 players and their officials are expected to fly to Ismaila on Sunday for the final lap of their preparations for the competition.
THE FINAL 2019 AFCON SQUAD OF NIGERIA
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)
Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany)
Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Middlesbrough FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Royal Charleroi SC, Belgium); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China); Alexander Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain)