The duo of Joe Aribo of Maduka Okoye were handed first time call up to the senior national team of Nigeria by coach Gernot Rohr in his 23 man list for the upcoming friendly game against Ukraine
As exclusively reported by this portal, Fortuna Dusseldorf U23 goalkeeper Okoye was handed a chance in the team and he will battle with the duo of Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Francis Uzoho for the first choice spot following the axing of Daniel Akpeyi.
Aribo who moved to Scottish champions Rangers from Charlton after helping them gain promotion to the English Championship comes in for captain John Obi Mikel who retired from international football after the Africa Cup of Nations.
Kelechi Iheanacho is back to the team, same as Semi Ajayi who was however listed as part of the defenders and not midfielders despite Rohr severally citing him as one of his options in midfield.
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Emil Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)
Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Tyronne Ebuehi (FC Benfica, Portugal); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (Rotherham United, England)
Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Joe Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (AS Monaco, France); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain