Lokosa, Nwankwo make Rohr's 30-man provisional W'Cup squad

Gernot Rohr

The Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, on Monday, May 14, announced his 30-man provisional squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

26-year-old Nwankwo gets his maiden global call-up thanks to his fine form in the Italian topflight where he has scored six goals in his last seven outings.

The other unexpected selection is home-based striker Junior Lokosa, who is the Nigerian Premier League's leading goal-scorer this season but also hasn't played for Nigeria.

Eagles coach Gernot Rohr kept faith in the quartet of Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Dele Ajiboye, Daniel Akpeyi and youngster Francis Uzoho in the goalkeeping department.

Midfielder John Obi Mikel was named captain.

The defenders include: William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Ola Aina, Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile, Tyronne Ebuehi and Stephen Eze.

Fellow midfielders Ogenyi Onazi and Wilfred Ndidi also made the list.

The Super Eagles will then depart the country to play England and the Czech Republic in a friendly match on June 2 and June 5 respectively.

Nigeria is in Group D at the World Cup and faces Croatia, Iceland and then Argentina.

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