It is possible that five new Nigerian players will receive the first invitation from Super Eagles ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Republic of Benin and Lesotho next month.
Gernot Rohr’s men not only gave up a 4-0 lead in Benin City, but were mostly average in Freetown in the reverse game, although this was not helped by a rather poor pitch.
Nigeria is a country blessed with soccer talent and the nation also has millions of young soccer players in and around the world.
Let’s take a look at the five possible players who could be called up for the first time in the senior team ahead of next month’s Africa Cup of Nations playoffs in Cameroon next year.
Terem Moffi – Lorient
The Calabar boy has taken France by storm after scoring nine goals for struggling Lorient in Ligue 1.
The 21-year-old who came to France from Kortrijk last year made an instant impression with Les Merlus, scoring on his debut in a 3-1 win at Reims, but that was his only goal in his first 10 games with him. club.
Moffi has now settled down perfectly and has scored seven goals in his last eight appearances, including his first Ligue 1 double in a 2-2 draw in Monaco.
The Nigerian striker has already been rumors linking him to a move away from France to the interest of Steven Gerrard’s Scottish giants Rangers, but the youngster has been targeted for a possible debut call-up for Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. next month, what could see it. reunite with his childhood friend Alex Iwobi.
Taiwo Awoniyi – Union Berlin
The Liverpool loan has scored five goals and three assists in 18 league games for Union Berlin this season.
Nigerian coach Genort Rohr will reward Awoniyi with invitations to the Super Eagles following his new form in Germany, but a recent thigh injury threatens the former Nigerian U-23 forward in his first call-up.
Awoniyi has become a forgotten man at Anfield, having gone almost six years without appearing for the Premier League Champions with several loan periods, but the youngster hopes to fit in for next month’s match.
Umar Sadiq – Almeria
Sadiq is having a good debut campaign with Almería and is one goal away from equaling his best goalscoring record in a league season when he scored 12 goals for Partizan Belgrade in the 2019-20 Serbian Super League.
The 24-year-old Nigerian former AS Roma forward was part of the bronze-winning Dream Team VI at the 2016 Olympics, where he contributed four goals in six appearances, and has yet to be considered for an international assignment in more than four. years. .
Sadiq acknowledged the fact that Nigeria has young and talented players, but still believes that he will seize his opportunity if he is invited to the Super Eagles with Napoli star Victor Osimhen battling injury.
Ovie Ejaria – Reading
The former Liverpool star has shifted his international allegiance from England to Nigeria at the top level.
The 23-year-old midfielder was a regular in Reading this season, making 32 appearances with three goals and four assists to his name in the Championship.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is a huge fan of Ejaria, who trained with the Golden Eaglets in 2013 before appearing for England under-20s and under-21s in the past.
Nigeria has previously managed to convince several former England youth internationals such as Sone Aluko, Victor Moses, Shola Ameobi, Alex Iwobi and Ola Aina to exchange loyalties.
Bright Osayi-Samuel – Fenerbahce
Osayi-Samuel joined Fenerbahce from QPR in January, but the born winger has yet to earn a cap for Nigeria.
The Benin-City-born star is drawing attention for his Championship displays, which has not gone unnoticed by Super Eagles coach Genort Rohr.
Osayi-Samuel has quick feet and frankness saw him average 2.8 dribbles per game and recorded three goals and three assists before moving across Europe to Fenerbache.
source: – fcnaija