Super Eagles Announce Squad for World Cup Qualifiers: Lesotho and Zimbabwe Showdown

As the highly anticipated World Cup qualifiers for the 2026 USA, Mexico, and Canada tournament approach, the Super Eagles unveil their 23-man squad for the crucial clashes against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

Key Fixture Details: Dates and Venues

The Super Eagles are set to kick off their qualification journey at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, facing Lesotho on November 16 at 5 p.m.

The team will then embark on a journey to Rwanda, where they will lock horns with Zimbabwe at Huye Stadium in Butare on November 19 at 2 p.m.

Inclusion of Rising Star: Nathan Tella

Among the notable additions to the squad is 24-year-old Nathan Tella, currently showcasing his skills at Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga.

Born to Nigerian parents in England, Tella’s eligibility to play for the Super Eagles adds a dynamic dimension to the team’s attacking prowess.

Coach’s Strategic Move: Addressing Injury Woes

Coach Peseiro strategically invites Nathan Tella to bolster the squad’s attack, given the unavailability of key players Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze due to injuries.

Tella’s inclusion aims to fortify the team’s offensive capabilities in these critical qualifiers.

Welcome Return: Jamilu Collins and Olorunleke Ojo

Jamilu Collins, representing Cardiff City, makes a triumphant return after a prolonged injury layoff, enhancing the defensive lineup.

Additionally, goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo from Enyimba secures a spot in the team, contributing to the team’s goalkeeping depth.

Full Squad Revelation: Goalkeepers, Defenders, Midfielders, and Forwards

The announced squad features a mix of experienced and emerging talents:

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho, Olorunleke Ojo, and Maduka Okoye

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina, Chidozie Awaziem, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Bruno Onyemaechi, Kenneth Omeruo, Oluwasemilogo Ajayi, Calvin Bassey, and Jamilu Collins.

Midfielders: Raphael Onyedika, Joe Aribo, Frank Onyeka, Alex Iwobi.

Forwards: Kelechi Iheanacho, Sadiq Umar, Moses Simon, Ademola Lookman, Nathan Tella, Taiwo Awoniyi, Terem Moffi, Victor Boniface.

As the Super Eagles gear up for these crucial qualifiers, the blend of experience, new talent, and strategic selections positions the team for an exciting and competitive campaign on the road to the 2026 World Cup.

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