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Obafemi Martins gets first Nigeria call-up in two years

Ahram Online , Thursday 29 Oct 2015
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Former Inter Milan striker Obafemi Martins was recalled by Nigeria on Thursday and is set to play his first international game since 2013 when the Super Eagles face Swaziland in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Nigeria's 23-man squad includes six home-based players including veteran striker Martins who earned his first call-up in two years.

The former Newcastle and Wolfsburg frontman is enjoying a fine run with American side Seattle Sounders, where he has been playing since 2014. He scored 17 goals and provided 13 assists.

The Super Eagles will face Swaziland in Lobamba on 13 November before hosting them four days later in the return leg in Lagos.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars); Dele Alampasu (Club de Sportivo Feirense, Portugal)

Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal); Kalu Orji (Enugu Rangers FC); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France); Chima Akas (Sharks FC); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz, Germany); Godfrey Oboabona (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Austin Oboroakpo (Abia Warriors)

Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Paul Onobi (Sunshine Stars); John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Rabiu Ibrahim (AS Trencin, Slovakia); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium); Sylvester Igbonu (FC UFA, Russia)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England); Ezekiel Bassey (Enyimba FC); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders, USA)

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