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Super Eagles Head Coach, José Santos Peseiro, has invited team captain, Ahmed Musa; deputy captain, William Ekong; and 23 other players to take on former African champions, Algeria, in an international friendly match in the Algerian town of Oran on Tuesday, September 27.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that the three-time African champions, Nigeria and two-time African champions, Algeria, would clash at the 40,000 Stade Olympique in Oran on that day with the invited players expected to meet in Constantine on Monday, September 19.
The goalkeepers invited are Francis Uzoho, Maduka Okoye, and Adeleye Adebayo.
Defenders are William Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Chidozie Awaziem, Olaoluwa Aina, Calvin Bassey, Zaidu Sanusi, Kevin Akpoguma and Leon Balogun. Midfielders are Wilfred Ndidi, Frank Onyeka, Alex Iwobi and Richard Onyedika.
Forwards include Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze, Ademola Lookman, Henry Onyekuru, Taiwo Awoniyi, Chidera Ejuke, Cyriel Dessers, and Terem Moffi.
Meanwhile, former Nigeria junior international, Orji Okonkwo, has had his four-year ban for doping violation by the Italian National Anti-Doping Tribunal extended worldwide by the world football governing body, FIFA.
In its ruling on the case for the worldwide extension of the ban, brought before it by Italian NADO, Chairperson of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, Jorge Ivan Palacio, affirmed that the player had been cited properly, and had the opportunity to state his case, the decision communicated properly, in line with the regulations of FIFA and extending the sanctions does not conflict with public order or with accepted standards of behaviour.
‘Consequently, the committee decided to extend the sanction imposed on the player by the Italian NADO on 20 June 2022. More specifically, the player is sanctioned with four years suspension from all football-related activities in accordance with the decision.’
The four-year ban started on February 25, 2022, and will end on February 24, 2026.