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Afcon 2021: Nigeria Reveals Squad Numbers

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Nigeria will be gunning for a fourth Africa Cup of Nations title in Cameroon. GOAL brings to you the jersey numbers that Augustine Eguavoen’s men would be wearing at the 33rd edition of the biennial African football showpiece.

1. Maduka Okoye
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Sparta Rotterdam
Number of Afcon appearances: Debutant
Date of Birth: 28-08-1999

2. Ola Aina
Position: Defender
Club: Torino
Number of Afcon appearances: One
Date of Birth: 08-10-96

3. Jamilu Collins
Position: Defender
Club: SC Paderborn
Number of Afcon appearances: One
Date of Birth: 5.08.1994

4. Wilfred Ndidi
Position: Midfielder
Club: Leicester City
Number of Afcon appearances: One
Date of Birth: 6.12.1996

5. William Troost-Ekong
Position: Defender
Club: Watford
Number of Afcon appearances: One
Date of Birth: 1.09.1993

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6. Semi Ajayi
Position: Defender
Club: West Bromwich Albion
Number of Afcon appearances: One
Date of Birth: 9.11.1993

7. Ahmed Musa
Position: Forward
Club: Fatih Karagumruk
Number of Afcon appearances: Two
Date of Birth: 4.10.1992

8. Frank Onyeka
Position: Midfielder
Club: Brentford
Number of Afcon appearances: Debutant
Date of Birth: 1.01.1998

*9. Odion Ighalo
Position: Striker
Club: Al Shabab
Number of Afcon appearances: One
Date of Birth: 16.06.1989

Afcon 2021: Nigeria Reveals Squad Numbers

10. Joe Aribo
Position: Midfielder
Club: Rangers
Number of Afcon appearances: Debutant
Date of Birth: 21.07.1996

11. Henry Onyekuru
Position: Forward
Club: Olympiacos
Number of Afcon appearances: One
Date of Birth: 5.06.1997

12. Zaidu Sanusi
Position: Defender
Club: Porto
Number of Afcon appearances: Debutant
Date of Birth: 13.06.1997

13: Chidera Ejuke
Position: Midfielder
Club: CSKA Moscow
Number of Afcon appearances: Debutant
Date of Birth: 02.01.1998

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14. Kelechi Iheanacho
Position: Forward
Club: Leicester City
Number of Afcon appearances: Debutant
Date of Birth: 3.10.1996

15. Moses Simon
Position: Forward
Club: Nantes
Number of Afcon appearances: One
Date of Birth: 12.07.1995

16. Daniel Akpeyi
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Kaizer Chiefs
Number of Afcon appearances: One
Date of Birth: 08.03.1986

17. Samuel Chukwueze
Position: Forward
Club: Villarreal
Number of Afcon appearances: One
Date of Birth: 22.05.1999

18. Alex Iwobi
Position: Midfielder
Club: Everton
Number of Afcon appearances: One
Date of Birth: 3.05.1996

19. Taiwo Awoniyi
Position: Forward
Club: Union Berlin
Number of Afcon appearances: Debutant
Date of Birth: 12.08.1997

20. Chidozie Awaziem
Position: Defender
Club: Alanyaspor
Number of Afcon appearances: Debutant
Date of Birth: 1.01.1997

21. Tyrone Ebuehi
Position: Defender
Club: Venezia
Number of Afcon appearances: Debutant
Date of Birth: 16.12.1995

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22. Kenneth Omeruo
Position: Defender
Club: CD Leganes
Number of Afcon appearances: Two
Date of Birth: 17.10.1993

23. Francis Uzoho
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: AC Omonia
Number of Afcon appearances: One
Date of Birth: 28.10.1998

24. Sadiq Umar
Position: Striker
Club: UD Almeria
Number of Afcon appearances: One
Date of Birth: 2.02.1997

25. Kelechi Nwakali
Position: Midfielder
Club: SD Huesca
Number of Afcon appearances: Debutant
Date of Birth: 5.06.1998

26. Olisa Ndah
Position: Defender
Club: Orlando Pirates
Number of Afcon appearances: Debutant
Date of Birth: 21.01.1998

27. John Noble
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Enyimba
Number of Afcon appearances: Debutant
Date of Birth: 6.06.1993

28. Peter Olayinka
Position: Striker
Club: Slavia Prague
Number of Afcon appearances: Debutant
Date of Birth: 16.11.1994

NOTE: The starred player is not participating in the tournament due one issue or the other.

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AFCON 2021: Egypt coach, Queiroz apologizes to Nigerians

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Egypt head coach, Carlos Queiroz has apologized to Nigeria and Nigerians ahead of his side’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, tie with Guinea-Bissau on Saturday night.

Queiroz issued the apology while lamenting again the inability of the referee, Bakary Gassama to award a penalty to his team when it appears Moses Simon had fouled Zizo inside the box during the Pharaohs’ 1-0 defeat to Nigeria in their opening 2021 AFCON tie earlier this week.

Recall that Nigeria defeated Egypt 1-0, thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s first-half goal.

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Speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Guinea-Bissau, Queiroz said at his pre-match press conference that his team lost to Nigeria because the referee didn’t do his job.

“I apologize to Nigeria and Nigerians, the fact is the referee doesn’t do their job, VAR inclusive. It’s totally unfair,” Queiroz said.

“The reality is the Egyptian needs to press. We lost because the referee did not do his job. The bad decision of the referee cost us the game. Probably this won’t be the situation in our next game,” he said.

He added, “It’s not the responsibility of Nigerians, they pressed. We will rise. Moving forward, winning the next.”

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AFCON 2021: Super Eagles Qualify For Knockout Stages (Photos)

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Nigeria are through to the knockout stages of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, following a 3-1 win over Sudan on Saturday.

The Super Eagles had beaten Egypt 1-0 in their first Group D fixture.

Against the Sudanese, goals from Samuel Chukwueze, Taiwo Awoniyi and Moses Simon gave the three-time champions a three-goal lead.

Although Sudan pulled one back, it was merely a consolation goal.

Nigeria top the group with six points ahead of the Egypt vs Guinea-Bissau game.

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AFCON: Nathan Tella Confirms Desire To Play For Nigeria

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England-born midfielder, Nathan Tella has confirmed his desire to play for Nigeria.

Tella, who plays for Southampton in the English Premier League, said he is a Nigerian and is ready to play international football.

The 22-year-old confessed that it would be a ‘dream’ to wear the famous green and white colours of Nigeria.

Tella also insisted that he has been keeping tabs on the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Cameroon because of Nigeria and his Southampton teammate Moussa Djenepo, who was in action as Mali defeated Tunisia despite several refereeing mistakes.

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The ongoing 2021 AFCON may have played a key role in helping Tella arrive at that major decision.

“I would love to play international football,” Tella told HampshireLive.

“That is always been a dream of mine. If I went away with Nigeria, it would be something new and new experiences bring out the best in players.

“When I look at Che [Adams], I see that he has come back from Scotland as a more mature player. There is no reason why I can’t do that; come back a more mature person.

AFCON: Nathan Tella Confirms Desire To Play For Nigeria

“Whatever happens in the future, I am just focused on being here and, yes, trying to score goals and help the team win and progress.”

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He added: “I am always keeping an eye on AFCON. I am Nigerian, so I always want to focus and watch the games.

“Obviously, when I have any of my teammates (Moussa Djenepo, Mali) out there, I really want to know how they do.

“I am happy he won yesterday, despite the ending, but it was good that he was able to win, and I wish him all the best.”

Tella was born in England to Nigerian parents and he is eligible to feature for the Super Eagles.

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