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NIGERIA NAME SQUAD

Stephen Keshi, the coach of the Nigeria National Football Team has recalled many foreign based players as well as a host of youngsters for the Super Eagles’ 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifying match against Rwanda on the 29th of february.

Among those players who have been given a life line with the national team are Blackburn Rovers striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu as well as Sani Kaita.

None of these two players have been a part of the nigeria national team set up since the 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign in South Africa in which the Super eagles failed to pregress through the group stages.

Kaita last played for the Super Eagles in the 2010 World Cup match against Greece in Bloemfontein and the midfielder was sent off for a harsh tackle on a greek player and Yakubu has not been a part of the side ever since he missed a sitter against South Korea in the last match of the group stages which would have taken the side into the next round.

Among the other foreign based players who have been named in the swuad for the Nigeria National Football Team are John Obi Mikel, Odemwingie, Dickson Etuhu, Victor Moses, Joseph Yobo, who will captain the side, Taye Taiwo, Ahmed Musa, Uche and goalkeeper Victor Enyeama who was left out by former coach Samson Siasia.

According to the sources, Keshi may have called up the Blacburn Rovers striker due to his recebt socring run with the English Premier League side and may look at his poerformances ahead of the AFCON qualifier in the practice sessions to determine whether he will earn another cap with the Nigeria National Football Team. On the other hand, Yobo is more or less certain to lead the side onto the pitch again after a month’s absence.