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2023 AFCONQ: Boniface and Orban In, Musa Absent in Super Eagles’ squad

The Super Eagles are set to play Sao Tome and Principe next week, and the NFF have released a strong squad for the fixture

  • Toyosi Afolayan
  • 3rd September 2023
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The Super Eagles are gearing up for an exciting clash against Sao Tome and Principe in their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier next week. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has revealed a formidable squad for the upcoming fixture, including some fresh faces and familiar stars.


Among the new invitees are  Gift Orban and Jordan Torunarigha, who have been shining for Gent, as well as the rising talent Victor Boniface from Bayer Leverkusen. These young talents have earned their spots with their outstanding performances in their respective clubs.


Nigeria, a three-time African champion, has already secured their spot in the AFCON tournament in Ivory Coast with an impressive 12 points from five games. However, they can’t afford to take their foot off the gas pedal, as a slip-up against Sao Tome could see them dethroned from the top spot by Guinea Bissau, who will face Sierra Leone in their final fixture. This adds an element of intrigue to the upcoming match, and it’s possible that Coach Jose Peseiro, who recently renewed his contract with the NFF, might use this opportunity to experiment.



While some new faces grace the squad, the tried-and-true talents like Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Ola Aina, William Troost-Ekong, and Wilfred Ndidi continue to represent the national team. However, notable veteran Ahmed Musa has been left out of the squad for this fixture.


As the Super Eagles prepare to face Sao Tome and Principe in Uyo, Nigerian football fans eagerly await to see how this blend of emerging stars and experienced players will perform on the pitch. 


Full List Of Players Invited For Sao Tome and Principe Game


Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Omonia FC, Cyprus); Olorunleke Ojo (Enyimba FC); Adebayo Adeleye (Hapoel Jerusalem, Israel)


Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Nottingham Forest, England); Tyronne Ebuehi (Empoli FC, Italy); Jordan Torunarigha (KAA Gent, Belgium); William Ekong (PAOK FC, Greece); Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Calvin Bassey (Fulham FC, England); Jamilu Collins (Cardiff FC, Wales); Bruno Onyemaechi (Boavista FC, Portugal)


Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Raphael Onyedika (Club Brugge, Belgium); Joe Ayodele-Aribo (Southampton FC, England); Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England)


Forwards: Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Chukwueze (AC Milan, Italy); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Ademola Lookman (Atalanta FC, Italy); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Taiwo Awoniyi (Nottingham Forest, England); Gift Orban (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Boniface (Bayern Leverkusen, Germany).


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