Nearly four years after his last game, Joel Obi has been handed a chance to break into Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup party with a recall by Gernot Rohr.
The Torino midfielder, whose career has suffered from a succession of injuries, is one of 28 players called up for two friendlies against Poland and Serbia at the end of the month.
Al Ahly’s Junior Ajayi is an expected first time call-up after his exploits with the Egyptian giants, while goalkeeper Francis Uzoho returns for the second successive squad gathering.
Nigeria’s CHAN Eagles are represented in the squad by Stephen Ezeh and Gabriel Okechukwu.
World Cup-bound Nigeria play Poland at the 43 000-seater Stadium Wroclaw on 23 March, before heading off to London for the clash with Serbia four days later.
These are the first two of six friendly encounters planned for the Super Eagles by the Nigeria Football Federation ahead of the World Cup finals in Russia this summer.
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa)
Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey), Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag, The Netherlands), Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England), Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV, Belgium), Brian Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France), William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey), Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey), Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria)
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Tianjin Teda, China), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas, Spain), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel), Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium), Joel Obi (Torino FC, Italy), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England), Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium), Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China), Junior Ajayi (Al Ahly, Egypt), Gabriel Okechukwu (Akwa United)