The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has officially unveiled the Super Eagles’ squad list for the October international friendly matches.
A new addition to the Super Eagles team is Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, a midfielder who began his football career at Manchester City. He’s earned his first-ever call-up to play for the national team. Fisayo has been doing exceptionally well in Turkey with Hatayspor, scoring four goals and making two assists in just seven games.
This is an opportunity for him, especially since he trained with the Flying Eagles in Germany before the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup but didn’t make the final squad back then.
Alex Iwobi, who came through Arsenal’s Academy, is back in the squad after recovering from an injury. Joining him are Ola Aina and Taiwo Awoniyi, a striker who has roots with Liverpool.
The squad also includes familiar names like Kenneth Omeruo, who once played for Chelsea, Semi Ajayi, who was the captain of Arsenal’s youth team, and Leicester City’s duo Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi. There’s also Jordan Torunarigha, who hasn’t played for the Nigeria senior national team yet but could make his debut.
Super Eagles October Fixtures
The Super Eagles of Nigeria take on Saudi Arabia in Portimão, Portugal, on Friday, 13th October 2023, with the game starting at 5 pm local time. Just three days later, they will face Mozambique in the same city. All the players are expected to arrive in Faro, Portugal, on Tuesday, 10th October.
These friendly matches are of utmost importance as they serve as warm-up games for the Super Eagles ahead of the commencement of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. In November, the Super Eagles will host Lesotho’s Crocodiles in Uyo and then face Zimbabwe just four days later.
The Complete Super Eagles Squad List for October International Friendlies:
- Francis Uzoho (Omonia FC, Cyprus)
- Olorunleke Ojo (Enyimba FC)
- Adebayo Adeleye (Hapoel Jerusalem, Israel)
- Olaoluwa Aina (Nottingham Forest, England)
- Bright Osayi-Samuel (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey)
- Jordan Torunarigha (KAA Gent, Belgium)
- Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey)
- Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England)
- Calvin Bassey (Fulham FC, England)
- Jamilu Collins (Cardiff FC, Wales)
- Bruno Onyemaechi (Boavista FC, Portugal)
- Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England)
- Raphael Onyedika (Club Brugge, Belgium)
- Joe Ayodele-Aribo (Southampton FC, England)
- Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England)
- Alex Iwobi (Fulham FC, England)
- Fisayo Dele-Bashiru (Hatayaspor FC, Turkey)
- Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England)
- Samuel Chukwueze (AC Milan, Italy)
- Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France)
- Ademola Lookman (Atalanta FC, Italy)
- Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy)
- Taiwo Awoniyi (Nottingham Forest, England)
- Terem Moffi (OGC Nice, France)
- Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)