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FC Cologne striker Anthony Ujah has been handed a call-up to the Nigeria squad to face Mexico

Posted: 15 May 2013 Time: 12:43

FC Cologne striker Anthony Ujah has been handed a call-up to the Nigeria squad to face Mexico later this month in Houston.

Ujah, 22, is part of a 25-man squad named by Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi for the May 31 international friendly.

It will be the first senior call-up for the former Kano Pillars and Warri Wolves forward, who has already represented Nigeria at national Under-23 level.

African champions Nigeria are preparing for two 2014 Fifa World Cup Qualifying matches in June before travelling to Brazil to participate in the Fifa Confederations Cup.

The Super Eagles will count on its English Premier League stars to lead the way, including Chelsea midfielders John Mikel Obi, and Victor Moses, one of the top wingers in European soccer.

Ujah is one of two players based in the German Bundesliga, with two from Italy's Serie A, two from the Scottish Premier League and two from the Portuguese Liga. Mexico is expected to release its roster in the coming days.

Tickets for the highly anticipated match in Houston, presented by Allstate, are available via, by calling 1-800-745-3000 and at all Houston-area Ticketmaster locations, including all Houston-area Fiesta stores. The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol invites fans to use their Visa cards.

Mexico and Nigeria have met three times with a 1-0-2 record in favour of Mexico. The two teams last met in October of 2007 in an international friendly, with the match ending in a 2-2 tie at the Estadio Olimpico Benito Juarez in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.


Goalkeepers: Chigozie Agbim (Warri Wolves/NGA), Austin Ejide (Hapoel/ISR), Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv/ISR)

Defenders: Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves/NGA), Efe Ambrose (Celtic/SCO), Elderson Echiéjilé (Sporting de Braga/POR), Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag/NED), Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars/NGA), Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars/NGA), Francis Benjamin (Heartland FC/NGA), Odunlami Kunle (Sunshine Stars FC/NGA)

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea/ENG), Victor Moses (Chelsea/ENG), Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio/ITA), John Ogu (Academia de Coimbra/POR), Obinna Nwachukwu (Heartland/NGA), Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers/NGA), Michael Babatunde (Kryvbas Kryvyi/UKR), Reuben Gabriel (Kilmarnock/SCO)

Forwards: Joseph Akpala (SV Werder Bremen/GER), Brown Ideye (FC Dynamo Kyiv/UKR), Anthony Ujah (FC Koln/GER), Nnamdi Oduamadi (Varese/ITA), Kalu Uche (Kasımpaşa Spor Kulübü /TUR), Gambo Muhammad (Kano Pillars FC/NGA)

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 02:06 pm
Our coaches should do their homework. According to reports, Rueben Gabriel may be unfit. He is said to have sustained injury in one of the reserve matches of Kilmanock. The fitness level of Akpala also remains uncertain.

posted: 02:29 pm
The NFF should Bring Siasia back to coach the Super Eagles. Siasia will lead the team to achieve great things!!!!
posted: 02:33 pm
The NFF should Bring Siasia back to coach the Super Eagles. Siasia will lead the team to achieve great things!!!! Where is Sidney Sam on this list? The Germans will soon take him from and prevent him from playing for the Super Eagles.
posted: 03:03 pm
Francoisposted: 02:29 pm  |  Report
The NFF should Bring Siasia back to coach the Super Eagles. Siasia will lead the team to achieve great things!!!!
@ Francois: our current coach no sabi abi? Na wa for u o. My bro, person wey collect AFCON for una & Siasia wey failed us which one b d master? I tire for ur thinking o.
Big boss continue your good work
posted: 03:12 pm

Funny guy! Bring back Siassia? Why? Did Keshi failed us allready? Can we pick all Nigerian players in the world in our squad?
posted: 03:30 pm
For two years Ujah and Nosa terrorised Norway with beautiful link up football and goals. With a chance to amend his list, why did Keshi not use this opportunity to invite Nosa and the in form HARUNA
Santi Santi
posted: 04:50 pm
Slyman is playing in the Norway lge same as playing for SE? why dnt you people think before you comment that Ujah & Nosa had a good partnership in Norway is that a sure bankes same will work with SE remember its different style, different coach.
posted: 04:55 pm
A A... you guys know that we have a lot of players in europe and in nija. its not easy to pick all players.. plus you dont the chemistry between some players and the coach, other players, country..
Santi Santi
posted: 04:56 pm
And its funny some people keep mentioning Siasia's name here, this is why this country cant progress while we are looking forward to the future others are busy dragging us back, you can aswell ask NFF to bring back Amodu, Largerback and the rest mschewww
Mike Port Harcourt
posted: 05:06 pm
Where is Mr Air Nigeria, Ahmed Musa on this list? Well i think this must have been editor's ommission?
Mike Port Harcourt
posted: 05:10 pm
Mike PortHarcourt writes: Mr Keshi, where is Ahmed Musa on the list?
kola, us
posted: 05:28 pm
Keshi likes musa and he was on the first list, but he got injured last week so he's out for now, i wish him quick recovery. Musa's speed is an advantage that too many strikers don't have , his work ethic is very good and he follows instruction, i think that is what a coach is looking for in a player, but he has to play smarter.
Me,myself and I
posted: 05:44 pm
If musa is not there, we need Peter odemwingie, he can help us with running down the flack.
posted: 06:04 pm
Santi Santi I am always disappointed in people who make no moves, do nothing positive and hope for better when they are not willing to suggest anything or try anything. These people will always tell you10 reasons why it WILL NOT work before they can scratch Out one that does.

It worked in Norway, have you tried it in Eagles and found out it did not? Use your brain sometimes. End of... Slyman
Santi Santi
posted: 06:24 pm
Slyman what positives, if Ujah/Nosa partnership should be tried for SE do you know how long it wil take for them to gel with other players around? Wil your type be so patient for it to work out before you start calling for the Coach head or drop another player's name, how many matches do Eagles play in a year? Is club football same as country football i ask again.
posted: 06:55 pm
If like Anichebe said, there is no national team football, without club football. Then you can understand when I say club football is the test while the national team is the exam. From the school I went to, we did more tests than exams. So I expect people who did well in their tests to pass the exams in flying colours.

Stop telling me why it will NOT work and try it again. Keshi has invited Akpala, do you know if he will do well with Moses and Ideye? But he is willing to try. If Emenike was available, would he be trying something new? No he will play the trio he has tested. Slyman
posted: 07:03 pm
Francois, the NFF does not need to bring Siasia back, tell him to just go and take over the team. It is amazing how the nay-do-well Samson Siasia has turned this forum to solicit for the Eagles job where he displayed his stupidity while in charge. He lacks the charisma to lead any national team. He should be a scout for any of the nation's division three teams. Since wrecking the Eagles, what other national team has Siasia coached? Please give us some break, we're tired of Siasia this Siasia that, he is not ripe to coach our national team. I thought they said he was going india, that's where he belongs.
Santi Santi
posted: 07:53 pm
Slyman really? Dont get it twisted club football isnt same as country football, your test/exam theory doesnt work in football its not as simple as 1+1=2, that a player bangs in 30goals does mean he wil replicate same form with his country ask Messi, like i was always say its different coach, different styles and you cant guarnatee a player adapting to it 100%, thats why some players enjoy playing for their clubs rather than country vice versa.
posted: 08:23 pm
@ oga
Siasia did not wreck the Eagles. Siasia did not lose a competitive game while in charge. He was sabotaged by a few bad eggs within the team and football setup. What are you football credentials to judge his performance? I dont have anything against Keshi. Keshi is the coach now so i wish him every success. But Siasia's time will surely come again to take the Nigeria to the promised land.

SiaSia for LIFE!!!!

Bayern Munich For LIFE!!!!
Super Green
posted: 09:15 pm
I have watched Nigerian football for many years and followed the Super Eagles closely. Samson Siasia was never going to ever be a decent Super Eagles coach as sure he was good with the youth but never had the respect of the overseas-based and other senior players. Youth is his thing not coaching seniors.
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