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Nigeria announce preliminary 30-man squad

Nigeria announce preliminary 30-man squad

Kano Pillars hit man Junior Lokosa has attributed his invitation to the Super Eagles 30-man team for the 2018 World Cup to God.

"Simy" Nwankwo has been in superb goal-scoring form in the Italian Serie A with seven goals thus far, while Junior Lokosa has netted 18 goals thus far with Kano Pillars in the domestic league.

The Nigeria Football Federation has released a provisional list of 30 players from which a final list of 23 will be made on June 4.

There are no surprise inclusions in defence with the eagles regular back four including William Ekong and Leon Balogun making the list.

Chelsea wingback Moses was Nigeria's top scorer in the qualifying campaign with three goals, while Captain Mikel Obi, Iwobi, Simon and Iheanacho weighed in with two goals each.

All invited players have been are report at the Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo on Monday, May 21. They join Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain in the group of forwards.

Javier Mascherano will play a part in the defence, alongside Premier League champion, Nicolas Otamendi and others including Marcos Rojo and Gabriel Mercado.


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