With the World cup qualifier against Sierra Leone coming up, Nigerian Head Coach Shaibu Amodu has invited five stars from the Olympic soccer team that won silver in Beijing.
Out of the five players invited, Onyekachi, Kaita, Nsofor and Obasi have previously been part of the National senior team before; only Adeleye will be having his first experience.
Nigeria has already qualified for the next stage of the 2010 World/Nations Cup qualifiers and this is a probable reason why Shaibu Amodu has decided to give a run to the Olympic silver medallists.
Amodu called up twenty players including the captain, Nwankwo Kanu and his deputy, Joseph Yobo. Also on his list are Everton ace Yakubu Aiyegbeni, and Spain-based striker Ikechukwu Uche, who is Nigeria’s leading scorer in the qualifying series with three goals.
The players are due to report at the NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja on Monday, October 6. The Full Team: Goalkeepers: Bamidele Aiyenugba, Austin Ejide. Defenders: Joseph Yobo, Danny Shittu, Apam Onyekachi, Taye Taiwo, Ayodele Adeleye, Chidi Odiah. Midfielders: Christian Obodo, Mikel Obi, Kalu Uche, Yusuf Ayila, Sani Kaita. Forwards: Osaze Odemwingie, Nwankwo Kanu, Obinna Nsofor, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Chinedu Obasi, Ikechukwu Uche, Joseph Akpala