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Nigeria call up for Akpan

30 September 2014

Hope named in Super Eagles squad

Royals midfielder Hope Akpan has been named in Nigeria's squad for two African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sudan.

The 23-year-old will travel to meet up with Stephen Keshi's side for the first time as the African champions play away from home on 11th October, with the return fixture four days later in Abuja.

He joines English based players Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough), John Mikel Obi (Chelsea(, Sone Aluko (Hull City) and Victor Moses (Stoke City).

Nigeria's qualifying campaign has suffered a tough start, with a defeat by Congo and a draw with South Africa leaving them languishing in third place in Group A.

Nigeria squad:
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille, France); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United).

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Monaco, France); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor FC, Turkey); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, England).

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea, England); Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio, Italy); Nosa Igiebor (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Sone Aluko (Hull City, England); Hope Akpan (Reading, England); Raheem Lawal (Eskişehirspor, Turkey); Ugonna Anyora (FK Haugesund, Norway), Babatunde Michael (Volyn Lutsk, Ukraine).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce, Turkey); Gbolahan Salami (Warri Wolves); Osaguona Ighodaro (Enugu Rangers); Victor Moses (Stoke City, England); Aaron Samuel (Guangzhou R & F, China); Sunday Emmanuel (SV Grödig, Austria).

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