Coach Gernot Rohr has picked his 23-man Nigeria roster that will battle the Central African Republic in a 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers double-header in October.
After back-to-back triumphs over Liberia and Cape Verde, the Super Eagles will hope to build on their bright start to their campaign in Group C when they meet Wild Beasts in the third round of the qualifying series.
Rohr kept faith in his regular stars, with Napoli star Victor Osimhen, Genk’s Paul Onuachu and Rangers’ Joe Aribo Alex Iwobi, captain Ahmed Musa, Leon Balogun, France based Moses Simon making the cut.
Notable absentees are Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi and Watford star Peter Etebo will left out due to injuries.
In the meantime, the newest invite on the list was Calvin Bassey, 21, who ply his trade in Scotland with Scottish giants Rangers and got potentials to serve as a left-back or centre-back for the West African country.
Three-time African kings will take on the Central African Republic on October 7 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos before travelling to Bangui for the reserve leg scheduled for Stade Barthelemy Boganda three days later.
Wins in the two matches over coach Raoul Savoy’s side will put Rohr's men a foot closer to the all-important knockout rounds of the series which will produce Africa’s five representatives in Qatar.
NIGERIA FULL SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Paderborn 07, Germany); Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Calvin Bassey (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Kevin Akpoguma (TSG Hoffenheim, Germany)
Midfielders: Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Innocent Bonke (Malmo FF, Sweden); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Samuel Kalu (FC Bordeaux, France); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia)