Super Eagles roster – Nigeria national football team in 2017

The 2018 World Cup is already knocking on the door. Each next qualifying match is more important than the previous one. With less than a year remaining, it’s now more crucial than ever for a national football team to know who they can depend on. This leads us to the question of who is on the Nigeria national football team roster. If you want to find out, continue reading below!

Nigeria national football team

The Super Eagles’ path to the World Cup has been a success so far. The Nigerian squad has won against all of their opponents, and is currently undefeated in their group, consequently securing a place in Russia. And with the recent returns of the team’s captain John Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo, the Super Eagles has only grown stronger. Add to that list Victor Moses and Leon Balogun, and Nigeria is a force to be reckoned with.

Some experts go as far as claiming that this is the strongest national football team we’ve had in years. And looking at the results, it’s hard to argue with this statement. There’s no visible reason for the Super Eagles not maintain their spectacular form until the end of the year and beyond. The players are an the top of their game and come from all the European top leagues. The coach knows what he’s doing, and support is incredible. All we need now is a bit of luck.

Nigeria football federation logo

The Nigerian national team’s Coach, Gernot Rohr, has mostly summoned the same players throughout the year, making obvious exceptions for footballers that were injured or completely out of form. Thus, the list of the twenty-three selected players shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. In addition, seven names were also put on the backup list in case of a last-minute catastrophe.

Now let’s take a look at the team that will be representing Nigeria in the last part of 2017.

Super Eagles squad 2017

Super Eagles celebrating goal

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Goalkeepers:

Club: Chippa United

Club: FC Ifeanyi Ubah

Currently playing at home, Ezenwa is quickly winning over the hearts of the Super Eagles fans. His recent performances in the WC Qualifiers have showcased the talent Ikenchukwu possesses.

Club: Cesarense FC

Defenders:

William Ekong

Club: Bursaspor FC

Club: Anorthosis Famagusta

Club: FSV Mainz 05

Leon’s return after his injury has so far been a success. The defender, who spent his entire career in Germany, is finally demonstrating the level of play that we expect from him.

Club: ADO Den Haag

Elderson Echiejile

Club: Sivasspor FC

A true veteran of the Nigerian national football team, Uwa has been a consistent member of the roster for almost ten years now. Despite not having much luck in recent seasons on a club level, he still remains one of the cornerstones of the Super Eagles’ defense.

Club: Nantes FC

Club: Hull City

Midfielders:

Mikel John Obi Nigerian captain

Club: Tianjin Teda

The Nigerian captain is finally back after his injury and ready to lead the Super Eagles team to victory. Some may consider his move from Chelsea to the Chinese Super League as a step backward. But Mikel still continues to be one of the pillars of the national football team. His goal against the Cameroon team says it all.

Club: Trabzonsport FC

With over five years of experience playing on the top level, Onazi brings a sense of calmness and confidence to the Nigerian team. A regular starter, he is one of the fundamental elements that helped the Super Eagles achieve such glorious World Cup qualifying success.

Wilfred Ndidi

Club: Leicester City

Ndidi represents Nigeria’s future. Standing only at twenty years young, he is already considered an experienced midfielder. Currently he plays in one of the strongest leagues on the planet, and his tackling ability is quickly becoming legendary.

Club: CD Feirense

Club: Hapoel Be’er Sheva

Club: Bursaspor FC

The young midfielder, who spent last season playing for Vitoria Setubal, has proven to be a reliable substitute in all the international fixtures he has played in.

Forwards:

Nigeria celebrating goal in match

Club: Leicester City

Despite being the record-breaking transfer for Leicester, Musa has yet to leave a noticeable mark at his new club. But the Nigerian coach still calls up the forward, believing that Ahmed can relight his inner fire.

Club: Leicester City

Iheanacho is one of the biggest stars of the Super Eagles team. 20-year-old Kelechi recently lost his starter position. And yet this fact didn’t stop him from scoring a spectacular goal in the domestic match against Cameroon.

Simon Moses

Club: KAA Gent

A regular starting eleven player for the national team, Simon adds a level of unpredictability to Nigerian group. Moses’ away goal against Cameroon allowed the Super Eagles to walk away with a draw from a hostile environment.

Club: Arsenal FC

Club: Chang Chun-Yatai

After his successful spell at Watford, Ighalo continues to score goal after goal in the Chinese Super League. Not only that, he is also one of the most dependable strikers on the national team in recent years as well. His latest goal against the Indomitable Lions only serves to prove this fact.

Victor Moses after scoring goal

Club: Chelsea FC

Last season, Moses became the Super Eagles player in the most Premier League matches for a team that won the title. And since he got his game together in Chelsea, he has become a top player for the Nigerian team as well, scoring goals both against Algeria and Cameroon.

Club: Hapoel Be’er Sheva

Now you know names of Super Eagles players that defended the honor of their country in 2017. Be sure to share the Nigerian football team’s roster information with your fellow fans and support the team on their way to the World Cup 2018!

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Source: Naij.com