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Nigeria’s Head Coach Finidi George Announces Squad for World Cup Qualifiers

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Nigeria’s Head Coach, Finidi George, has unveiled his 23-man squad for the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and the Cheetahs of Benin Republic.

The squad includes standout players such as Ademola Lookman, African Player of the Year Victor Osimhen, and reliable goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali.

The roster also features notable selections like goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, England-based defenders Calvin Bassey and Semi Ajayi, as well as midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, and Alhassan Yusuf. Forwards Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Boniface, and Terem Moffi have also been called up, bolstering the team’s attacking options.

In a significant move, Remo Stars’ robust defender Sadiq Ismael has earned his first call-up. The squad is further strengthened by Turkey-based midfielder Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, Bayer Leverkusen’s Nathan Tella, and towering forward Paul Onuachu.

Nigeria is set to face South Africa at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Friday, June 7th at 8 PM. Following this, the team will travel to Abidjan to take on Benin Republic at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny on Monday, June 10th at 4 PM local time (5 PM Nigeria time).

Full Squad List:

Goalkeepers:

Stanley Nwabali (Chippa United, South Africa)
Maduka Okoye (Udinese FC, Italy)
Ojo Olorunleke (Enyimba FC)

Defenders:

Chidozie Awaziem (Boavista FC, Portugal)
Bright Osayi-Samuel (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey)
Sadiq Ismael (Remo Stars FC)
Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England)
Calvin Bassey (Fulham FC, England)
Benjamin Tanimu (Ihefu SC, Tanzania)

Midfielders:

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England)
Raphael Onyedika (Club Brugge, Belgium)
Alhassan Yusuf Abdullahi (Royal Antwerp FC, Belgium)
Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England)
Alex Iwobi (Fulham FC, England)
Fisayo Dele-Bashiru (Hatayspor, Turkey)
Forwards:

Nathan Tella (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)
Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy)
Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England)
Samuel Chukwueze (AC Milan, Italy)
Paul Onuachu (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey)
Ademola Lookman (Atalanta FC, Italy)
Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)
Terem Moffi (OGC Nice, France)
Fans eagerly anticipate these crucial matches as Nigeria aims to secure its spot in the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

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