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Super Eagles squad: UPDATED Nigeria 25-man squad for Algeria friendly

12:17 WAT 18/09/2022
Dennis Peseiro Ozornwafor
Nigeria have had to adapt after several players were withdrawn due to injury
  • Maduka Okoye - Nigeria

    Maduka Okoye

    Returns to the fold—and will likely start—despite his lack of gametime for Watford this season.

    The goalkeeper is yet to feature for a single minute in the league this term, and this ought to represent a major concern for the Super Eagles.

  • Francis Uzoho - Nigeria

    Francis Uzoho

    In an ideal world, Uzoho would be putting pressure on Okoye and would be representing a credible alternative to Okoye, but with just one league start all season, he’s hardly in a strong position himself.

  • Adebayo Adeleye

    Young Israel-based keeper who’s yet to make his debut for the Super Eagles.

  • William Troost-Ekong

    William Troost-Ekong

    The first name in the squad, having started nine games so far this year for the Super Eagles, but do his ongoing struggles at Watford—he’s played just seven minutes in the league this season—jeopardise his international position.

  • Kenneth Omeruo

    Kenneth Omeruo

    Had been tipped to miss out on the Algeria match after picking up an injury in Leganes’ defeat by Las Palmas, but has made the squad nonetheless.

  • valentineozornwafor_18052019

    Valentine Ozornwafor

    A late addition to the squad after Leon Balogun was laid out while in action for Queens Park Rangers during the weekend.

    A left-footed addition to the defensive options, expect Ozornwafor to be reduced to a back-up role.

  • Zaidu Sanusi Porto 2021-22

    Zaidu Sanusi

    Has made five outings for Nigeria so far this term, and should further consolidate his spot as the squad’s starting left-back during this international break.

    The defender must bounce back following a disastrous display in Porto’s 4-0 thumping by Club Brugges in midweek.

  • Calvin Bassey of Ajax and Nigeria.

    Calvin Bassey

    One of the Nigerian stars of the season so far, having excelled for Ajax since moving to the Eredivisie.

    Bassey should slot in at centre-back, leaving Sanusi to take the left-back berth.

  • Kevin Akpoguma - Hoffenheim

    Kevin Akpoguma

    Playing regularly for Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga during their strong start to the season—they found themselves level with Bayern Munich on 12 points after six matches—Akpoguma has a valuable opportunity to make his first appearance for Nigeria since 2020.

  • Chidozie Awaziem of Nigeria walks.

    Chidozie Awaziem

    Still making the cut despite dropping to the Croatian top flight with Hajduk Split, although expect Awaziem to play a back-up role for the national side.

  • Ola Aina

    Ola Aina

    Was tipped for a move to West Ham United on deadline day, but ultimately remained at Torino.

    He’s made eight international appearances so far this year, and can consolidate his spot in the first team during this window.

  • Wilfred Ndidi - Leicester City

    Wilfred Ndidi

    Ndidi’s recent injury problems look to be behind him, and he’ll play a key role in helping Nigeria contain Algeria’s plethora of attacking options.

  • Alex Iwobi Everton 2022-23

    Alex Iwobi

    Arguably playing his best football at Everton under Frank Lampard, can Iwobi bring his recent Toffees form to bear on the Super Eagles?

  • Nigeria's Frank Onyeka

    Frank Onyeka

    Still keeping his spot in the team, despite not starting a Premier League game for Brentford yet this term.

    Can Onyeka add to his three appearances for the Eagles to date in 2022?

  • Raphael Onyedika Club Brugge 2022-23

    Raphael Onyedika

    Makes the squad ahead of Innocent Bonke, the uncapped Club Brugge man has tasted life in the Champions League this season, and was outstanding in the Belgians’ shock 4-0 victory at FC Porto.

    He should comfortably overtake Onyeka in the pecking order.

  • Moses Simon of FC Nantes and Nigeria.

    Moses Simon

    Another regular in the first team under Peseiro and his predecessors, the FC Nantes man has overcome injury to make the squad.

    He’s made 10 appearances for Nigeria so far this year, scoring twice.

  • Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City and Nigeria.

    Kelechi Iheanacho

    Without Victor Osimhen, Iheanacho will be charged with playing alongside—and getting the best out of—one of the other strikers in the squad.

    His performance may hold the key to the Eagles’ chances of downing the 2019 champions.

  • Samuel Chukwueze

    Samuel Chukwueze

    Struggles to find his place at club level—Chukwueze hasn’t started a league game for Villarreal yet this term—but the wideman can still be a difference-maker for the Eagles this week.

  • Taiwo Awoniyi

    Taiwo Awoniyi

    One of several strikers who has a massive opportunity to prove himself during the international break, Awoniyi enjoyed a magnificent scoring season in the Bundesliga with Union Berlin last term, but wasn’t always given the respect he deserved by the Super Eagles.

    He’s already scored twice in the Premier League for Nottingham Forest this term.

  • Terem Moffi Lorient 2022-23

    Terem Moffi

    Moffi heads into the international break following a sublime start to the Ligue 1 season—six goals in eight outings so far—and is another player who will be hoping to impress Peseiro.

    He’s deserved much more than his stop-start international career to date.

  • Chidera Ejuke

    Chidera Ejuke

    Returning to the fold following his June loan move to Hertha Berlin, Ejuke should have a lot to offer the Eagles with his guile and craft in wide areas.

  • Emmanuel Dennis

    Emmaniel Dennis

    Henry Onyekuru’s misfortune is to Dennis’s advantage, as the Nottingham Forest man takes the place of the injured Turkey-based wideman in the squad.

    Dennis was something of a surprise omission from the original list named by Peseiro, but now has the opportunity to prove to the coach why he deserved to be considered from the start.

  • Ademola Lookman

    Ademola Lookman

    Back in the fold after moving to Atalanta during the offseason, Lookman will be looking to make his fifth appearance of the year for the Super Eagles.

    The wideman has had a hand in two goals in six Serie A outings so far this season.

  • Cyriel Dessers Cremonese 2022-23

    Cyriel Dessers

    Having missed out on the Nations Cup earlier this year, Dessers has made two appearances for Nigeria in 2022, and will see this as a valuable chance to boost his standing within the squad.

    With Umar Sadiq and Victor Osimhen both out, he may never get a better chance to prove himself.

  • Ahmed Musa of Fatih Karagumruk.

    Ahmed Musa

    Still getting international call-ups—and still officially the captain—despite contributing precious little at club or international level for some time.

    Musa has played just 135 minutes in the Super Lig for Fatih Karagumruk and Sivasspor this term, and his yet to have a hand in a goal.