Lookman

By Emmanuel Okogba

New boy, Ademola Lookman is the latest player to arrive camp as Nigeria prepares for a showdown with the Black Stars of Ghana on Friday.

Both sides will slug it out for a place at this year’s FIFA World Cup.

The Leicester City forward’s availability was earlier in doubt after he missed his side’s weekend victory over Brentford.

Lookman only recently got the nod from world football governing body, FIFA, to represent Nigeria and earned a call-up as a result of his club form this season.

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His inclusion intensifies the competition in the already congested attack line. He would most likely be deployed to the wings that has Samuel Chukwueze, Moses Simon and Ahmed Musa.

Nigeria will jet out of the country on Wednesday for Friday’s first leg before welcoming Otto Addo’s men next Tuesday at the MKO stadium in Abuja.

The 23 players now in camp are:

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa);

Defenders: Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Calvin Bassey (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)

Midfielders: Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Innocent Bonke (FC Lorient, France); Oghenekaro Etebo (Watford FC, England); Akinkunmi Amoo (FC Copenhagen, Denmark)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Odion Jude Ighalo (Al-Hilal FC, Saudi Arabia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Emmanuel Dennis (Watford FC, England); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Ademola Lookman (Leicester City, England)

Expected
John Noble(Enyimba FC, Nigeria), Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria, Spain)

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