Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has handed Slavia Prague striker Peter Olayinka his debut call up for Nigeria’s friendly match against Brazil next month.
The three time African champions are scheduled to play the south American country in a test games on October 13. And the German born tactician has called up Nigerian players making waves across Europe to battle the 2019 Copa America champions.
Olayinka, 23, scored his Champions League debut goal for his club side when they played 1-1 draw against Inter Milan at San Siro on match day one.
He has also scored two goals in seven domestic league appearances for Slavia Prague to earn his first call up to the national team.
Another surprise invitee is Granada’s Ramon Azeez. The midfielder last featured for the Super Eagles in 2014, and his performance in the La Liga so far has been impressive. The 26-year-old has scored two goals in four appearances for his Spanish League side – and was instrumental to their victory over Barcelona last weekend.
Meanwhile, regulars like Kenneth Omeruo, Abdullahi Shehu and Chidozie Awaziem make a return to the team while Ahmed Musa is still not available due to injury. The coach made no change in the goalkeepers invited for the Ukraine friendly as the trio of Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Maduka Okoye return to the fold.
Also, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Scotland–based Joseph Ayodele-Aribo are back for the national team assignment.
In-form Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu, Paul Onuachu and Emmanuel Dennis all back in the front-line.
All invited players are expected to arrive in Singapore on Wednesday, October 9.
23 EAGLES TO BATTLE BRAZIL
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Omonia FC, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Emil Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)
Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England)
Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Anderson Esiti (PAOK Salonica, Greece); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain).
Forwards: Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge, Belgium); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)