Finidi lists Lookman, Osimhen, Nwabali, Ndidi and 19 others for Bafana and Cheetahs

Nigeria head coach Finidi George has chosen star of the moment Ademola Lookman, African player of the year Victor Osimhen and Stanley Nwabali among a group of 23 players who will battle against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and South Africa’s Cheetahs. Benin Republic in the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.

George also selected goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, England defenders Calvin Bassey and Semi Ajayi, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi and Alhassan Yusuf, and forwards Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Boniface and Terem Moffi.

Remo Stars’ tough defender Sadiq Ismael is called up for the first time, while Turkish midfielder Fisayo Bashiru, Bayer Leverkusen’s German Nathan Tella and lanky striker Paul Onuachu are also called up.

Nigeria will take on South Africa at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Friday 7 June from 8pm, then fly to Abidjan to take on Benin Republic at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium on Monday 10 June starting at 4:00 p.m. CIV time (5:00 p.m. Nigerian time). ).

Full list

Goalkeepers: Stanley Nwabali (Chippa United, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Udinese FC, Italy); Olorunleke Eye (Enyimba FC)

Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (Boavista FC, Portugal); Bright Osayi-Samuel (Fenerbahce FC, Türkiye); Sadiq Ismael (Remo Stars FC); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Calvin Bassey (Fulham FC, England); Benjamin Tanimu (Ihefu SC, Tanzania)

Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Raphael Onyedika (Club Brugge, Belgium); Alhassan Yusuf Abdullahi (Royal Antwerp FC, Belgium); Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Fulham FC, England); Fisayo Dele-Bashiru (Hatayspor, Türkiye)

Forwards: Nathan Tella (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany); Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Chukwueze (AC Milan, Italy); Paul Onuachu (Trabzonspor FC, Türkiye); Ademola Lookman (Atalanta FC, Italy); Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany); Terem Moffi (OGC Nice, France)