World Cup Preview: Super Eagles 23 man List Profile

Ahead of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup, here are things you need to know about Gernot Rohr 23 man list that will represent Nigeria .

GOALKEEPERS:
Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain):
Date of birth: Oct. 28 1998
Age : 19
Appearance: 5
Goals conceded: 5
Clean sheets: 1
The 19 year old shot stopper who has been in impressive form for Deportivo La Coruna’s Team B, Deportivo Fabril, with 15 clean sheet and 17 goals conceded in 25 matches last season will be hoping to be the Eagles No. 1 goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russia.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC)
Date of birth: Oct. 16 1988
Age : 29
Appearance : 4
Goal conceded: 4
Clean sheet: 1
Ikechukwu Ezenwa has been the Eagles undisputed No. 1 all through the Qualifying games but injury worries, his loss of form and experience at big stage has actually cost him his position and he will be hoping to redeem his position in Russia.

Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa)
Date of Birth: Aug 3, 1986
Age: 31
Apprearance: 6
Goals conceded: 8
Clean sheets: Nil
Akpeyi who happens to be the oldest and most experienced goal keeper in the squad actually played himself out of the No. 1 position due to his error prone performance each time he is giving the chance to prove himself. He will have no other choice than to settle for the third choice position in Russia.

DEFENDERS:
Tyronne Ebuehi (Benfica, Portugal)
Date of Birth:Dec16 1995
Age: 22
Apprearance: 4
Goals: Nil
Assists: Nil
Ebeuhi has to keep up his current form and be ready to give more in training for him to make the starting line up in Russia.

Abdullahi Shehu (Anthorsis Famagusta/Bursaspor FC, Turkey):
Date of Birth: March 12 1993
Age: 25
Apprearance: 22
Goals: Nill
Assists: Nill
Shehu Abdullahi has done tremendously well after he was deployed as a right back in the Super Eagles fold but for him to make the position his, then he will certainly have to up his game against high flying wingers and also work more on his passes.

Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV, Belgium)
Date of Birth: Jan 20, 1988
Age: 30
Apprearance: 60
Goals: 3
Assists: 4
Elderson is one of the most experienced players heading to Russia but its yet to be seen if he still got what it takes to battle Bryan idowu for the left back position in Russia.

Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia)
Date of birth: May 18, 1992
Age: 26
Apprearance: 4
Goals: 1
Assists:1
Bryan Idowu made the final list, thanks to series of fine performance in the friendly games he has played with the Super Eagles. Giving the fact that he can play comfortable as a left-wingback and also a left full-back its most certain that he will be in the team starting lineup in Russia.

Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France)
Date of Birth: Jan. 1 1997
Age: 21
Apprearance: 3
Goals: Nill
Assists: Nil
Chidozie Awaziem who has not really had a good game for the Super Eagles will head to Russia as a backup to the duo of Leon Balogun and William Troost Ekong.

Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea,England)
Date of Birth: Oct. 3,1993
Age: 24
Apprearance: 37
Goals: Nill
Assists: Nill
Omeruo haven ones lost his way in the team has actually played himself back into reckoning with his good performance in friendlies for the eagles but the Chelsea loanee still remains third choice centre-back in the pecking order for the national team

William Troost-Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey)
Date of Birth: Sep. 1, 1993
Age: 24
Apprearance: 18
Goals: 1
Assists: None
Ekong has been one of the best performer for the Eagles going to the World Cup and has formed a formidable partnership with Leon Balogun in the Eagles defence popularly tagged as the oyinbo wall. He is certainly going to be in the starting lineup in Russia.

Leon Balogun (Brighton, England)
Date of Birth: June 28, 1988
Age: 29
Apprearance: 16
Goals: None
Assists: None
Leon Balogun is a top player who brings stability to the team in defence with his ability to read the game and make vital interception though has injury worries. The medical team must be on alert to make sure he is fully fit and ready to go for the Eagles in Russia.

MIDFIELDERS
Mikel Obi (Tianjin Teda, China)
Date of Birth: April 22, 1987
Age: 31
Apprearance: 83
Goals: 6
Assists: 9
John Mikel Obi is the most experienced player in the Eagles setup and he is also the skipper of the team, the midfielder will be looked upon for inspiration in Russia as he is seen as the Super Eagles key in midfield. Much will be expected from him.

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England)
Date of Birth: Dec. 16, 1996
Age: 21
Apprearance: 10
Goals: Nill
Assists: Nill
Wilfred Onyinye Ndidi has been one of the most consistent player in the Super Eagles fold, his ability to break possession, make tackles and interception has been key in the Eagles midfield. Though still recovering from a muscle injury but the medical team has made it known that he will be fully fit before the World Cup kicks off.

Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey)
Date of Birth:Dec. 25,1992
Age: 25
Apprearance: 50
Goals: 1
Assists:3
Ogenyi onazi seems to have lost it with his poor performance against the Three Lions of England and his starting place in the Eagles lineup in Russia seems to be under much threat.

Oghenekaro Etebo (Feriense/Las Palmas, Spain)
Date of Birth: Nov. 9, 1995
Age: 22
Apprearance: 12
Goals: 1
Assists:1
Etebo has really shown he can bring stability into the Eagles midfield when needed with his energy and tenacity, timely runs, vital interception, good vision and passing ability. He is going to be one of Gernot Rohr jokers.

Joel Obi (Torino FC, Italy)
Date of Birth: May 22,1991
Age: 27
Apprearance: 15
Goals: 0
Assists:1
Jeol obi finally made it to Russia amid his poor performance lately, Obi will need to up his game and find his magic touch that made fans clamour for his recall before he could make the starting line up in Russia.

John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)
Date of Birth: April 20, 1988
Age: 30
Apprearance: 18
Goals: 2
Assist: nill
John ogu versatility will be one thing the Eagles will need very much in Russia in term of  tactical changes in game approach and his ability to dictate play from the base of the midfield.

FORWARDS
Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England)
Date of Birth: Dec. 12, 1990
Age: 27
Apprearance: 32
Goals: 11
Assists:5
Victor Moses is one of the Eagles most priced asset, the Chelsea wing-back will have a crucial role to play in Russia just like he did in the qualifiers. He is one of the players Gernot Rohr will be banking on to lead the Eagles attack.

Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England)
Date of Birth:Oct. 3, 1996
Age:21
Apprearance: 15
Goals: 8
Assists:3
Kelechi Iheanacho has remained the Super Eagles most prolific player in front of goal in the past one year and also a specialist at set pieces.

Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone FC, Italy)
Date of Birth: May 7 1992 
Age: 26
Apprearance: 1
Goals: 0
Assists:0
Simeon Nwankwo was a surprise inclusion to the Super Eagles final list. He was impressive in his debut game against Dr Congo and he will also serve as a good back up for Odion Ighalo in Russia.

Ahmed Musa (Leicester City/CSKA Moscow, Russia)
Date of Birth: Oct. 14, 1992
Age: 25
Apprearance: 69
Goals: 13
Assists:6
Ahmed Musa who has rediscovered his goal scoring form and brimming with confidence at the moment is eager to make a statement in Russia. His pace, tricks and goal scoring instinct are something the Eagles will need in Russia.

Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England)
Date of Birth: May 3, 1996
Age:22
Apprearance: 16
Goals: 4
Assists:1
Alex Iwobi has been outstanding for the Eagles ever since he made his debut, he has been decisive in important matches for the Super Eagles. He is certainly a player to watch out for in Russia.

Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China)
Date of Birth: June 16, 1989
Age: 28
Apprearance: 17
Goals: 4
Assists:2
Odion Ighalo is a prolific forward that can get the goals for the Super Eagles if giving the necessary supply in Russia. He is a top performer and will be the point man for the Super Eagles at the World Cup  in Russia.

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CLUB
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W
D
L
F
A
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PTS
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Plateau Utd
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14
7
4
36
15
21
49
2
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25
13
6
6
28
15
13
45
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12
7
6
26
19
7
43
4
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10
7
7
25
20
5
37
5
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20
11
3
6
30
20
10
36
6
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8
11
6
23
22
1
35
7
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24
8
10
6
27
18
9
34
8
Dakkada FC
26
8
10
8
26
26
0
34
9
Sunshine Stars
25
9
7
9
27
29
-2
34
10
Katsina Utd
24
9
7
8
18
25
-7
37
11
Warri Wolves
24
9
6
9
25
23
2
33
12
FC Ifeanyi Ubah
25
10
3
12
25
28
-3
22
13
Heartland
25
9
5
11
21
21
0
32
14
MFM FC
25
8
7
10
19
19
0
31
15
Wikki Tourists
25
8
7
10
23
24
-1
31
16
Abia Warriors
25
8
6
11
23
28
-5
30
17
Nasarawa Utd
25
8
5
12
27
27
0
29
18
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25
9
2
14
25
35
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29
19
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8
4
13
23
33
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28
20
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6
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17
47
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20