Tuesday 14 May 2019

/ by Colin Udoh
Samuel Chukwueze expected to be recalled to Nigeria squad ahead of Afcon 

Nigeria’s provisional 25-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced over the next few days and coach Gernot Rohr says there will be a return for captain John Mikel Obi.

Also expected to be named in the squad is youngster Samuel Chukwueze, who was left out of the Flying Eagles squad to the FIFA Under 20 World Cup starting next week in Poland.

Mikel, 32, has not played for Nigeria since the 2018 World Cup in Russia but said via Ayo Olu Ibidapo that he would be in Egypt

“We had a very good meeting with Obi Mikel,” Rohr said. “Our list will be made and Chukwueze will be in our group of 25 players preparing for the AFCON.”

It will be a return to the senior squad for the Villareal teenager, who was left out of the squad for the last two games in March to help the under 23s overturn a two-goal deficit over Libya in the second round of Olympic qualifiers.

Nigeria will play Zimbabwe on June 8 in the first of their preparatory games for the Nations Cup.

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