… Recalls Omeruo, Iwobi, Osayi-Samuel, Moffi
• Dele-Bashiru gets maiden call up
Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro has left over Gift Orban while recalling the quartet of defenders Kenneth Omeruo and Bright Osayi-Samuel, as well as midfielder Alex Iwobi and forward Terem Moffi to the squad for this month’s international friendly matches against Saudi Arabia and Mozambique in Portugal.
The players absent from the team that demolished Sao Tome and Principe in last month’s 2023 AFCON qualifier in Uyo.
Midfielder Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, of Hatayaspor FC of Turkey gets his first-ever invitation, while Peseiro has decided to retain the trio of Francis Uzoho, Adebayo Adeleye and Olorunleke Ojo in goal. Yet-to-be-capped defender Jordan Torunnarigha is also called.
Wilfred Ndidi, who captained the team against Sao Tome and Principe, as well as Raphael Onyedika and forwards Moses Simon, Ademola Lookman, Victor Osimhen, Taiwo Awoniyi and Kelechi Iheanacho have also been invited.
The Super Eagles take on the Green Falcons of Saudi Arabia in the city of Portimão, Portugal on Friday October 13, 2023, starting at 5pm before a clash with the Mambas of Mozambique in the same city three days later.
The players are all expected to arrive in Faro, Portugal on Tuesday October 10.
Both encounters have been arranged as tune-up games for the Eagles ahead of the commencement of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, in which the three-time African champions host Lesotho’s Crocodiles in Uyo on November 17 before travelling away to play Zimbabwe four days later.