Defender Joseph Yobo will play in his third FIFA World Cup finals and have
opportunity to become Nigeria’s first –ever century – international after
he was named in the African champions’ final list of 23 for Brazil 2014.
Also going to their third World Cup are goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama and
Austin Ejide, but midfield strongman John Mikel Obi will only be attending
his first finals after Nigeria narrowly missed Germany 2006 and he was
omitted from South Africa 2010 due to injury.
Former junior international defender Elderson Echiejile and Olympic silver
medalist Osaze Odemwingie, who were also in South Africa four years ago,
make the cut for the biggest showpiece in football, starting in 10 days’
2013 Africa Cup of Nations top scorer Emmanuel Emenike is joined in the
attack by England-based duo of Victor Moses and Shola Ameobi, and former
junior international Uche Nwofor, but there is no place for Olympic silver
medalist Obinna Nsofor and nimble –footed Nnamdi Oduamadi.
Home –based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, dimunitive midfielder Joel Obi, South
Africa 2013 hero Sunday Mba, former U-23 star Nosa Igiebor and 2014 CHAN
most valuable player Ejike Uzoenyi also miss out on the trip to South
*NIGERIA’S FINAL 23 FOR BRAZIL 2014*
GOALKEEPERS: *Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide, Chigozie Agbim*
DEFENDERS: *Joseph Yobo, Elderson Echiejile, Juwon Oshaniwa, Godfrey
Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Kenneth Omeruo, Efe Ambrose, Kunle Odunlami*
MIDFIELDERS: *John Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Ramon Azeez, Michael Uchebo,
FORWARDS: *Osaze Odemwingie, Ahmed Musa, Shola Ameobi, Emmanuel Emenike,
Babatunde Michael, Victor Moses, Uche Nwofor *