Oliseh in­vites Martins, Mikel, 21 oth­ers for Swazi­land

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Su­per Ea­gles Head Coach Sun­day Oliseh has in­vited 23 play­ers, in­clud­ing USA-based Obafemi Martins and six home-based pro­fes­sion­als for the Su­per Ea­gles’ 2018 FIFA World Cup quali­fy­ing fix­ture against Swazi­land.

The two-legged fix­ture will take place over four days next month, with the first leg in Lobamba on Novem­ber 13 and the re­turn at the Adokiye Amiesia­maka Sta­dium in Port Har­court on Novem­ber 17.

Martins, who has not fea­tured for the Su­per Ea­gles Golden Ea­glets marks­man Vic­tor Osimhen says he ded­i­cated his fifth goal of the on­go­ing FIFA U-17 World Cup to Tobechukwu Ibe be­cause of his off the pitch con­tri­bu­tion to the team’s im­pres­sive run in the in the last two years, has been in great scor­ing form in the Ma­jor League Soc­cer.

The in­vi­ta­tion is also a sweet birth­day present to Martins, who cel­e­brated his big day on Wed­nes­day. He scored for Nige­ria on his de­but in a friendly match against Re­pub­lic of Ire­land in Lon­don in May 2005.

Six home-based pro­fes­sion­als, who all played no­table roles in Nige­ria’s qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the 4th African Na­tions Cham­pi­onship at the ex­pense com­pe­ti­tion.

Osimhen scored a hat trick and other goals from the trio of Kelechi Nwakali, Edid­iong Michael Essien and Sa­muel Chuk­wueze en­sured that Nige­ria de­feated Aus­tralia 6-0 in the Round of 16 on clash on Wed­nes­day night. He had pre­vi­ously scored a of Burk­ina Faso, are in the 23 -man mix.

Chelsea of England mid­fielder John Mikel Obi, Por­tu­gal-based former ju­nior in­ter­na­tion­als Dele Alam­pasu and Ab­dul­lahi Shehu and Arse­nal FC’s Alex Iwobi are also in­vited, as well as former ju­nior in­ter­na­tional de­fender Wil­fred Ndidi.

Oliseh has di­rected all the play­ers to ar­rive at the Bolton White Apart­ments, Abuja on Sun­day, Novem­ber 8 as train­ing com­mences same day by 7pm. goal on the open­ing day in the 2-0 win over the USA, a brace in the 5-1 crush­ing of host Chile and a goal in the 2-1 loss to Croa­tia.

“Tobechukwu is one of our key play­ers but he has not played here; and im­me­di­ately I scored the open­ing goal to­day (against Aus­tralia), he was the only one on my mind,” said Osimhen who has notched up a to­tal of 48 goals for Golden Ea­glets af­ter 77 matches in all com­pe­ti­tions.

“He ( Tobechukwu) is a good guy and has been en­cour­ag­ing all of us to work harder.”

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