Nigerian 2013 Africa Cup of Nations hero, Sunday Mba, is pleased to have made the 24-man list of the Super Eagles for Saturday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Harambee Stars of Kenya.
Mba, a subject of an intense transfer battle between two Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) sides, Enugu Rangers and Warri Wolves, had risked been dropped from the squad by the national team Head Coach, Stephen Keshi.
The Eagles gaffer had threatened to drop the player as he had not yet resumed playing competitively despite the domestic season already in full bloom due to the ownership dispute between Rangers and Warri Wolves.
However, Mba has now been included in Keshi’s final squad alongside eight other stars from the NPFL and 15 overseas-based players.
“I am pleased and relieved to have made the list. As always I will give 200 percent. Now the next step is to work hard in training and hope I get selected by the coach to play on Saturday,” Mba told supersport.com Tuesday.
Nigeria’s 24-man Squad for Kenya:
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel), Chigozie Agbim (Warri Wolves)
Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (FC Braga, Portugal); Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands), Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves), Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars); Benjamin Francis (Heartland); Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars)
Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Fegor Ogude (Valerenga FC, Norway); Gabriel Reuben (Kano Pillars); Sunday Mba (unattached); John Ogu (Academica de Coimbra, Portugal).
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv,Ukraine); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Babatunde Michael (Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine); Nnamdi Oduamadi (A.S Varese 1910 FC, Italy); Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders, USA); Gambo Mohammed (Kano Pillars); Obinna Nwachukwu (Heartland)
unders, USA); Gambo Mohammed (Kano Pillars); Obinna Nwachukwu (Heartland)