No place for Yakubu in Nige­ria squad

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EVER­TON striker Yakubu Aiyeg­beni and Obafemi Martins of Wolfs­burg have not been picked by Nige­ria for next month’s crunch World Cup qual­i­fier against Tu­nisia in Abuja.

Nige­ria coach, Shuaibu Amodu, who yes­ter­day an­nounced a 21-man squad for the Group Two qual­i­fier on Septem­ber 6, said he left out both strik­ers be­cause they are yet to at­tain full match fit­ness.

How­ever, Amodu has re­called Hof­fen­heim for­ward Chinedu Obasi.

Amodu will also de­cide on two more call-ups by Mon­day. He said he has to choose be­tween Eng­land-based de­fender Danny Shittu and Obinna Nwaneri, who fea­tures for FC Sion in Switzer­land, as well as be­tween for­wards Joseph Ak­pala from Club Brugge and John Utaka, who plays for Portsmouth.

Tu­nisia lead the group with seven points from three matches, two points ahead of sec­ond-placed Nige­ria. Kenya and Mozam­bique are the other teams in the group.


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