Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Nigeria

Ameobi snubs England for Nigeria

Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi was on Friday named in the Nigerian squad for the first time despite having played age-level football for England.

Ameobi and Victor Moses of Wigan Athletic have never played for Nigeria at senior level, but both are set to be handed their opportunity in a February friendly against Guatemala in the United States.

Emmanuel Emenike from Karabukspor in Turkey is also an uncapped player to feature at this level for the first time.

Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi, the country's first choice goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, Taye Taiwo of Marseille and skipper Joseph Yobo, who features for Turkish club Fenerbahce, have also been included in the party for the February 9 clash in Miami.

Nigeria plan to use this match to prepare for a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at home to Ethiopia at the end of March.

The Super Eagles are second in Group B behind leaders Guinea, who have six points after two matches.

Nigeria squad:

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv/ISR), Dele Aiyenugba (Bnei Yehuda/ISR)

Defenders: Chibuzor Okonkwo (Heartland), Ayodele Adeleye (Metallurh Donetsk/UKR), Taye Taiwo (Olympic Marseille/FRA), Michael Odibe (A. C. Siena/ITA), Olubayo Adefemi (Skoda Xanthi/GRE), Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Braga/POR), Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce/TUR)

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea/ENG), Obiora Nwankwo (Inter Milan/ITA), Victor Moses (Wigan Athletic/ENG), Bartholomew Ibenegbu (Heartland), Olufemi Ajilore (FC Groningen/NED)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (VVV Venlo/NED), Osaze Odemwingie (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Obinna Nsofor (West Ham/ENG), Shola Ameobi (Newcastle/ENG), Emmanuel Emenike (Karabukspor/TUR), Peter Utaka (Odense Boldklub/DEN)


Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls


More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Jose's feeling the heat
Many of my regular readers here will know I am neither a Jose Mourinho apologist nor a cult...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Mourinho’s criticism – was it justified?
Again, this past weekend, we saw refereeing decisions questioned and debated by all and sundry.

John Dykes
Make the call, ref!
Here’s an excerpt from an alternative, purely fictitious match report from Saturday’s Barclays...

Carol Radull
Arsenal, it's good to be third
I love making Manchester United supporters angry. And nowadays it’s so easy to do that.

Neil Tovey
Who scored in the transfer window?
The January transfer window is challenging as you are either getting players who are short of game...

Segun Odegbami
Africa's new champions
After an exciting three weeks of pulsating but technically mediocre football in Equatorial Guinea,...