Nigeria announce squad for Ghana clash

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Nigeria have announced a strong squad ahead of their crucial 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off against Ghana, and it includes Leicester City star Ademola Lookman.

The Super Eagles are set for a titanic battle against the Black Stars for a spot in Qatar later this year.

On Thursday, the Confederation of African Football confirmed the dates and venues for all of the play-offs, with the first leg matches taking place on 25 March, while the return fixtures will be held four days later on 29 March.

The first game between the two West African sides will take place at the Cape Coast Stadium in Ghana, and the reverse fixture at MKO National Stadium in Abuja.

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The Nigeria Football Federation reversed its decision to appoint Jose Peseiro last month after he had initially been deemed to be the next manager in charge.

The body later retained the services of Augustine Eguavoen, who was the team's interim coach at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, although he had stepped down after the tournament.

Eguavoen, who will once again lead the side on a temporary basis, will be assisted by former FC Barcelona star Emmanuel Amuneke. 

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A star-studded 25-man squad has been confirmed, including forwards Victor Osimhen, Emmanuel Dennis and Odion Ighalo, who play for Napoli, Watford, and Al Hilal, respectively.

The trio missed out on Afcon 2021 after the latter pairing were denied an opportunity to fly to Cameroon after their clubs refused to release them, while Osimhen had failed to recover from a facial injury in time.

Ighalo has since left his former team Al-Shabab due to their refusal. 

After switching his allegiance from England to Nigeria last month, Lookman has also been included, alongside his club teammates and national team regulars Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho.

Here's the full squad:

Goalkeepers: Maduke Okoye, Francis Uzoho, Daniel Akpeyi

Defenders: William Troost-Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun, Ola Aina, Semi Ajayi, Calvin Bassey, Zaidu Sanusi, Shehu Abdullahi

Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi, Joe Aribo, Frank Onyeka, Oghenekaro Etebo, Akinkunmi Amoo

Forwards: Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze, Victor Osimhen, Odion Ighalo, Sadiq Umar, Kelechi Iheanacho, Emmanuel Dennis, Ademola Lookman

On stand-by: Chidozie Awaziem, Jamilu Collins, Chidera Ejuke, Taiwo Awoniyi, Paul Onuacho, Peter Olayinka, Ogenyi Onazi

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