September 15, 2011

Osaze, Ehiosun set for Eagles return

Nigeria head coach Samson Siasia is expected to recall Peter Osaze Odemwingie and Ekigho Ehiosun when he announces the squad to face Guinea in a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier next week.

The same squad for the Cup of Nations qualifier will also be retained for the international friendly against the Black Stars of Ghana in London on October 11, our correspondent was informed.

“But the team list will first be submitted to the NFF technical committee for their usual vetting before the coach now makes an official announcement of the players. It is very likely that the list will be announced next week,” our source confirmed.

Odemwingie and Ehiosun were left out for the trip to Madagascar due to injury and lack of match fitness respectively.

Emmanuel Ekpo and Danny Shittu are also likely to make the team for the game against Guinea and Ghana next month.

Victor Anichebe is a major doubt, as he has been ruled out due to a long-term injury he sustained in the game against Madagascar on September 4.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles will qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations provided they defeat their Guinean opponents by two-nil to progress on the head-to-head rule adopted by Caf for the qualification.

Equatorial Guinea and Gabon will play co-hosts to the biennial championship next year.