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Nigeria announce 23 members travelling to World Cup

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Nigerian Coach Lars Lagerback has cut 7 players of his provisional squad to trim his team down to 23 for the FIFA World Cup. The 23 fortunate (and highly skilled) players will be representing their country in the first ever FIFA World Cup hosted by the African continent. After watching his team draw both their warm up games in the last week, Lagerback made some surprises changes to the squad that would be traveling to South Africa.

Everton striker Victor Anichebe was one big absentees from the list of 23 players travelling to the show piece event while John Utaka's brother Peter was also dropped from the squad. The only two Nigeria based players in the team Akhan Basey and Peter Suswan were also omitted and Nice defender Onyekachi Apam also failed to make the cut for the national team. Ikechukwu Uche's struggles with injury cost him a place, while Brown Ideye also missed out on the final list.

Lagerback took over from Amodu Shaibu after the Super Eagles finished 3rd in the African Cup of Nations, considered a disappointing result by the men that matter in Nigeria's footballing hierarchy. Results haven't been extremely special since the Swede took over, but the World Cup is a different kettle of fish as a single good result could make or break a zillion dreams and hopes. Nigeria are along side Greece, Argentina and South Korea in the group stage of the competition. They will face North Korea on the 6th of June for a final warm up game before the beginning of the FIFA World Cup.

Team

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Dele Ayenugba (Beni Yehuda FC), Austine Ejide (Hapoel Petah Tikva)

Defenders: Taye Taiwo (Marseille), Elderson Echiejile (Rennes), Chidi Odiah (CSKA Moscow), Joseph Yobo (Everton), Daniel Shittu (Bolton), Ayodele Adeleye (Sparta Rotterdam), Rabiu Afolabi (Salzburg)

Midfielders: Dickson Etuhu (Fulham), John Obi Mikel (Chelsea), Sani Kaita (Alaniya), Lukman Haruna (Monaco), Ayila Yussuf (Dynamo Kiev), Peter Osaze (Lokomotiv Moscow)

Forwards: Yakubu Ayegbeni (Everton), Chinedu Obasi (Hoffenheim), Nwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth), Obafemi Martins (Wolfsburg), John Utaka (Portsmouth), Victor Obinna (Malaga).

Read more about the team and their opponents

Also Read: Argentina, Greece, South Korea

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