Nigeria name uncapped Nwankwo in provisional squad

Gernot Rohr

Kano Pillars' Junior Lokosa, who has a knack to score at least a goal in every two matches, is among the 30 players listed by Super Eagles' manager Gernot Rohr in Nigeria's provisional list for the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.

Moses, Iwobi and Musa lead a strong group of forwards in the 30-man squad that also includes Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon.

The 26-year-old is a surprise inclusion after a breakthrough season in Italy where he scored seven goals, including an overhead kick against Juventus.

Kano Pillars' Junior Lokosa, the leading scorer in the Nigeria Premier League with 18 goals plus goalkeepers Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Ajiboye.

Both Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Ajiboye are goalkeepers, which means there is no place for the country's most-capped worldwide - goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama - despite growing calls from a section of fans for him to recall the former captain.

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Midfielder John Obi Mikel was named captain.

The most intriguing selections were of Nwankwo and Lokosa, although they both may struggle to make the final 23-man squad due to be named by June 4 because of Nigeria's strength up front.

By then, they will hold warm up games against among others England, Czech Republic and DR Congo on June 2, June 6 and May 28 respectively.

Meanwhile, Nigeria's group opponent at the World Cup, Argentina has also released its provisional squad with Dybala and Icardi included as part of what will be a formidable attacking force if all the names go.

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