Peseiro calls up two Flying Eagles stars in 23-man list for Guinea Bissau
Eagles to start arriving in Abuja on Sunday
Super Eagles Manager, Jose Peseiro, has invited two players, who helped Nigeria to a bronze medal finish at the just-concluded African U-20 Cup of Nations, to a 23-man list billed to face Guinea Bissau in an African Cup of Nations qualifying double-header against Guinea Bissau.
Nigeria will host Guinea Bissau at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja, on March 24 and travel to the Estadio 24 de Setembro in Bissau for the second leg of the tie on March 27.
The Flying Eagles stars listed in the 23-man squad are Captain Daniel Bameyi and goalkeeper Chijioke Aniagboso. They will be joined by another first timer, Rivers United goalkeeper, Victor Sochima, whose team is close to qualifying for a CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinal ticket.
The team is peopled by the usual suspects, including team captain, Ahmed Musa, Victor Osimhen, Ademola Lookman, Kenneth Omeruo, Wilfred Ndidi and Frank Onyeka.
Also in the squad for the first time is Portugal-based Bruno Onyemaechi, who will vie for a spot in the defence with Semi Ajayi, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Kevin Akpoguma and Calvin Bassey. Zaidu Sanusi, Alex Iwobi, Joe Aribo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Samuel Chukwueze, Moses Simon, Terem Moffi and Paul Onuachu are also in the team.
According to thenff.com, the players are expected to start arriving at the team’s camp in Abuja on Sunday, while training will star on Monday.
Table-toppers, Nigeria, are on maximum six points from their defeats of Sierra Leone and Sao Tome and Principe, with the Djurtus of Guinea Bissau in second place on four points from their defeat of Sao Tome and Principe and draw with the Leone Stars.
Thenff.com also disclosed that Egyptian, Mahmoud Elbana, will be the centre referee, with his compatriots Youssef Elbosaty, Sami Halhal and Ahmed El-Ghandour to function as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2 and fourth official respectively.
Prosper Harrison Addo from Ghana will be the match commissioner and his compatriot, Kotey Alexander, will be the referee assessor.
“CAF has also appointed Moroccan referees for the return leg in Bissau. Samir Guezzaz, son of the retired Mohamed Guezzaz, will superintend, with compatriots Zakaria Brinsi, Hamza Naciri and Noureddine El Jaafari in the roles of assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2 and fourth official respectively. Massa Diarra from Mauritania will be the match commissioner and Waldabet Koissoual from Chad will function as the referee assessor,” it said.