Technical Adviser Gernor Rohr has listed team captain Ahmed Musa, vice captain William Ekong and veteran defender Kenneth Omeruo in his 24-man Super Eagles’ roster for the quick-double 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone this month.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has kept faith with Kalu despite the winger being largely inactive since the second half of the season began.
Since the start of this calendar year, the former KAA Gent star has started only two of the ten games contested by Bordeaux in all competitions, having fallen out of favour with manager Paulo Sousa.
Kalu’s teammate at Bordeaux, Josh Maja has apparently not been invited for the double header against the Leone Stars as Les Girondins were silent in that regard.
Meanwhile, SC Heerenveen dazzler Chidera Ejuke will not make his international debut this month as he has been omitted from the Super Eagles squad list set to be announced by the Nigeria Football Federation.
Another attack-minded player not listed for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers is CSKA Sofia star Viv Solomon-Otabor, who was a non-playing substitute in the friendly against Brazil last October.
Check out full list of invited players below,
24 EAGLES FOR LEONE STARS’ BATTLES
Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)
Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Wigan Athletic, England); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Paderborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Kingsley Ehizibue (FC Koln, Germany)
Midfielders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Etebo Oghenekaro (Getafe FC, Spain); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Cyril Dessers (Heracles Almelo, The Netherlands); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France)