Injured Emenike drop, Martins re-call for Nigeria World Cup qualifier
LAGOS — Injured Spartak Moscow striker Emmanuel Emenike has been left out of Nigeria’s squad for the World Cup qualifier against Kenya on March 23.
Emenike, who was top scorer in the recent Africa Cup of Nations winning campaign, is nursing a long-term hamstring injury which he suffered during the continental competition in South Africa.
However, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has recalled Levante striker Obafemi Martins, who was not picked for the Nations Cup.
Eleven of those selected for the Kenya clash were in the squad that clinched the Nations Cup including the Chelsea pair of John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses.
There were surprise call-ups for Ukraine-based winger Michael Babatunde and Portugal-based midfielder John Ogu.
Nigeria lead their group on four points while Kenya are bottom of the standings on a point.
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)
Defenders: Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Elderson Echiejile (FC Braga, Portugal); Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands)
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Fegor Ogude (Valerenga FC, Norway); John Ogu (Academica de Coimbra, Portugal)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Babatunde Michael (Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine); Nnamdi Oduamadi (A.S Varese 1910 FC, Italy); Obafemi Martins (Levante FC, Spain)