World Cup Qualifier: Obafemi Martins Back in Super Eagles Fold
UD Levante FC of Spain in-form striker, Obafemi Martins has been handed another national team opportunity as Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi released a list of 15 foreign based players for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Harambee Stars of Kenya on March 23.
West Bromwich Albion of England forward, Osaze Odemwingie will have to keep waiting to get a call up.
Israel-based goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama got an invitation as eleven of those called were in the squad that lifted the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa last month and there is a surprise call for Ukraine-based Babatunde Michael, who played for the Dream Team at the inaugural CAF U-23 Championship in Morocco 15 months ago.
Midfielder Nnamdi Oduamadi, who also shone brightly for the last U-23 squad in their qualifying games, is called. But the biggest darkhorse, so to say, is Portugal-based midfielder John Ogu.
African champions Nigeria take on Kenya’s Harambee Stars in one of the Day 3 matches of Group F of the 2014 FIFA World Cup race. Nigeria lead the group on four points while Kenya bring up the rear with only one. They clash at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar on Saturday, 23rd March.
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)
Defenders: Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Elderson Echiejile (FC Braga, Portugal); Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands)
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Fegor Ogude (Valerenga FC, Norway); John Ogu (Academica de Coimbra, Portugal)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Babatunde Michael (Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine); Nnamdi Oduamadi (A.S Varese 1910 FC,
Italy); Obafemi Martins (Levante FC, Spain)