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Etebo out of Cameroon 2022 Nations Cup as Rohr names 22 for CAR doubleheader

By Christian Okpara
01 October 2021   |   3:31 am
Super Eagles Midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo, has been knocked out of next year’s African Cup of Nations billed to hold in Cameroon. The midfielder copped an injury while playing for his English club, Watford

Stoke City of England midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo. Photo: TWITTER/OGHENEKAROETEBO

Ndidi out through injury

Super Eagles Midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo, has been knocked out of next year’s African Cup of Nations billed to hold in Cameroon.

The midfielder copped an injury while playing for his English club, Watford, and has been ruled out of the game for six months.

Accordingly, he is not among the 22 players listed for the forthcoming Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying matches against the Central African Republic. Also out of the game due to injury is Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi, but he is a minor strain that would not stop him from playing after the international break.

Germany-based Kelvin Akpoguma and Rangers of Scotland star, Calvin Ughelumba, are among 22 players called up by Coach Gernot Rohr for the back-to-back games against the Central African Republic.

Also listed for the matches are team captain, Ahmed Musa, deputy captain, William Ekong for the matchday three and four matches scheduled for Lagos and Douala, Cameroun on October 7 and 10 respectively.  
 
Nigeria tops the group with six points after victories against Liberia in Lagos and Cape Verde in Mindelo respectively. Six points from the games against CAR will all but cement the Super Eagles passage to the last round of the Qatar 2022 qualifying series, African zone.

In the list announced by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday are the usual suspects, including goalkeepers Maduka Okoye, Francis Uzoho and Daniel Akpeyi.

Others are defenders William Ekong, Abdullahi Shehu, Chidozie Awaziem, Leon Balogun, Jamilu Collins, Olaoluwa Aina, Kenneth Omeruo, Akpoguma and Ughelumba.
 
In the midfield are Frank Onyeka, Joseph Ayodele-Aribo Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho, while Captain Musa, Moses Simon, Victor Osimhen, Chidera Ojuke, Paul Onuachu and Samuel Kalu are the attackers.
 
The Full List:
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus), Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands).

Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey), Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain), Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), William Ekong (Watford FC, England), Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy), Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany), Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus), Calvin Ughelumba (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Kevin Akpoguma (TSG Hoffenheim, Germany).
 
Midfielders: Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England), Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Galsgow Rangers, Scotland), Innocent Bonke (Malmo FF, Sweden), Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England).
 
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey), Samuel Kalu (FC Bordeaux, France), Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy), Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France), Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium), Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia).