Mikel, Lokosa, Ajiboye top Eagles' World Cup provisional list

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He added that the current crop of players were not only active in their respective clubs, but showed total commitment during the qualifying series for the World Cup.

Nigeria's Kelechi Iheanacho (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring the team's first goal during an worldwide friendly football match between Argentina and Nigeria in Krasnodar on November 14, 2017.

WorldStage Newsonline- Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr has released 30 men provisional list ahead of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

The absence of Ikeme on Rohr's 30-man provisional squad to Russian Federation 2018 means that the Eagles No 1 spot is now up for grabs between four goalkeepers - Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Dele Ajiboye and Daniel Akpeyi.

"These are the best legs without a doubt; majority of them took us through the qualifiers unbeaten in a tough group with a game to spare, so we are confident they have what it takes to deliver in Russian Federation".

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Surprise invitee Lokosa now leads the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) goalscorers chat with 18 goals, recording his most recent goals in Kano Pillar's 3-1 victory over Kaduna United on Sunday.

China-based captain Mikel Obi leads the squad having fellow midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo, Joel Obi, Mikel Agu and Uche Agbo.

Attackers are Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Victor Moses, Junior Lokosa (new entrant), Simeon Nwankwo (new entrant), Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho.

"I must commend Coach Rohr and his technical team for blending quality NPFL players into the team in the provisional list".

NAN reports that the Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup finals' is scheduled to kick off from June 14 to July 15.

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