Nigeria: World Cup Player-by-Player Guide

Ed DoveContributor IIIMay 7, 2014

Nigeria: World Cup Player-by-Player Guide

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    Ed Dove; StatsFC

    Nigeria were one of the first nations to release their preliminary squad for the 2014 World Cup. The Super Eagles have named an initial squad of 30 players, which will be whittled down to 23 in time for the tournament in Brazil.

    National team coach Stephen Keshi included a few surprise selections in his provisional party and also closed the door on a number of players who have been squad regulars during the Big Boss's reign.

    Dynamo Kyiv forward Ideye Brown has paid the price for his impotent attacking displays and has missed out. He and fellow striker Ikechukwu Uche are the most high-profile casualties of the squad that won the African Championship in early 2013.

    Also absent are midfield pair John Ogu and Fegor Ogude, while long-term reserve right-back Solomon Kwambe will also be disappointed to have been overlooked.

    Mooted recalls for experienced players such as Obafemi Martins, Taye Taiwo and Lukman Haruna never materialised.

    Read on for player-by-player profiles of the Nigeria's 30-man preliminary World Cup squad. 

Goalkeepers

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    Name: Vincent Enyeama

    Date of Birth: 29/08/1982

    Birthplace: Kaduna

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 89

    Club: LOSC Lille (France)

     

    Name: Chigozie Agbim

    Date of Birth: 28/11/1984

    Birthplace: Gombe

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 11

    Club: Gombe United

     

    Name: Austin Ejide

    Date of Birth: 08/04/1984

    Birthplace: Onitsha

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 31

    Club: Hapoel Be'er Sheva (Israel)

     

    Name: Daniel Akpeyi

    Date of Birth: 03/08/1986

    Birthplace: Nnewi

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 0

    Club: Warri Wolves

Defenders

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    Name: Elderson Echiejile

    Date of Birth: 20/01/1988

    Birthplace: Benin City

    Position: Left-back

    Caps: 40

    Club: AS Monaco (France)

     

    Name: Efe Ambrose

    Date of Birth: 18/10/1988

    Birthplace: Kaduna

    Position: Right-back, Centre-back

    Caps: 34

    Club: Celtic (Scotland)

     

    Name: Godfrey Oboabona

    Date of Birth: 16/08/1990

    Birthplace: Akure

    Position: Centre-back, Right-back

    Caps: 34

    Club: Rizespor (Turkey)

     

    Name: Azubuike Egwuekwe

    Date of Birth: 16/07/1989

    Birthplace: Lafia

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 31

    Club: Warri Wolves

     

    Name: Kenneth Omeruo

    Date of Birth: 17/10/1993

    Birthplace: Aba

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 16

    Club: Middlesbrough, on loan from Chelsea (both England)

     

    Name: Juwon Oshaniwa

    Date of Birth: 14/09/1990

    Birthplace: Ilorin

    Position: Left-back

    Caps: 10

    Club: Ashdod FC (Israel)

     

    Name: Joseph Yobo

    Date of Birth: 06/09/1980

    Birthplace: Kono

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 94

    Club: Norwich City (England), on loan from Fenerbahce (Turkey)

     

    Name: Kunle Odunlami

    Date of Birth: 05/03/1990

    Position: Centre-back, Left-back

    Caps: 8

    Club: Sunshine Stars

Midfielders

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    Name: John Obi Mikel

    Date of Birth: 22/04/1987

    Birthplace: Jos

    Position: Centre-midfield

    Caps: 57

    Club: Chelsea (England)

     

    Name: Ramon Azeez

    Date of Birth: 12/12/1992

    Birthplace: Abuja

    Position: Centre-midfield

    Caps: 1

    Club: Almeria FC (Spain)

     

    Name: Ogenyi Onazi

    Date of Birth: 25/12/1992

    Birthplace: Jos

    Position: Centre-midfield

    Caps: 19

    Club: SS Lazio (Italy)

     

    Name: Joel Obi

    Date of Birth: 22/05/1991

    Birthplace: Lagos

    Position: Versatile midfielder

    Caps: 12

    Club: Parma, on loan from Internazionale (both Italy)

     

    Name: Nnamdi Oduamadi

    Date of Birth: 17/10/1990

    Birthplace: Lagos

    Position: Versatile midfielder/forward

    Caps: 12

    Club: Varese, on loan from AC Milan (both Italy)

     

    Name: Ejike Uzoenyi

    Date of Birth: 23/03/1988

    Birthplace: Enugu

    Position: Left-winger

    Caps: 20

    Club: Enugu Rangers

     

    Name: Nosa Igiebor

    Date of Birth: 09/11/1990

    Birthplace: Abuja

    Position: Attacking Midfielder

    Caps: 11

    Club: Real Betis (Spain)

     

    Name: Sunday Mba

    Date of Birth: 28/11/1988

    Birthplace: Aba

    Position: Attacking Midfielder

    Caps: 21

    Club: CA Bastia (France)

     

    Name: Reuben Gabriel

    Date of Birth: 25/09/1990

    Birthplace: Kaduna

    Position: Defensive Midfielder

    Caps: 10

    Club: Waasland-Beveren (Belgium)

     

    Name: Michel Babatunde

    Date of Birth: 24/12/1992

    Position: Left-winger

    Caps: 2

    Club: Volyn Lutsk (Ukraine)

     

    Name: Ahmed Musa

    Date of Birth: 14/10/1992

    Birthplace: Jos

    Position: Attacking Midfielder, Right-sided forward, Striker

    Caps: 34

    Club: CSKA Moscow (Russia)

     

     

Forwards

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    Name: Shola Ameobi

    Date of Birth: 12/10/1981

    Birthplace: Zaria

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 5

    Club: Newcastle United (England)

     

    Name: Emmanuel Emenike

    Date of Birth: 10/05/1987

    Birthplace: Otuocha

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 21

    Club: Fenerbahce (Turkey)

     

    Name: Victor Obinna

    Date of Birth: 25/03/1987

    Birthplace: Jos

    Position: Versatile Forward

    Caps: 48

    Club: Chievo Verona (Italy)

     

    Name: Peter Odemwingie

    Date of Birth: 15/07/1981

    Birthplace: Tashkent (Uzbekistan, then Soviet Union)

    Position: Striker, Right-sided forward

    Caps: 58

    Club: Stoke City (England)

     

    Name: Michael Uchebo

    Date of Birth: 2/2/1990

    Birthplace: Enugu

    Position: Striker, Attacking Midfielder

    Caps: 1

    Club: Cercle Brugge (Belgium)

     

    Name: Victor Moses

    Date of Birth: 12/12/1990

    Birthplace: Lagos

    Position: Left-winger, Left-sided forward, Striker

    Caps: 18

    Club: Liverpool, on loan from Chelsea (both England)

     

    Name: Uche Nwofor

    Date of Birth: 17/09/1991

    Birthplace: Lagos

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 4

    Club: Heerenveen, on loan from VVV Venlo (both Holland)