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Mikel left out of Bafana Clash

With just under three weeks before South Africa play against Nigeria to contest in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers on the 17th November at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg. The Nigerian as already announced their 23 men squad, and what sood out was the omission of former skipper John Obi Mikel, this has been the second time now that Mikel has been left out of the international squad. Perhaps coach Gernor Rohr is sending a message that Mikel’s playing days in the Super Eagle regalia are coming to an end and breeding a group of new talent such as Samuel Chukwueze take over the realm.

Looking carefully at the squad that played in the Russia 2018 World Cup its clear to see that the Nigeria are missing three prominent players going into this clash with Bafana Bafana namely; Mikel, Victor Moses and Wilfred Ndidi. Taking this to note Stuart Baxter’s squad can capitalise this, Baxter should not change the winning squad that beat Seychelles 6-0 like he did on the return leg which resulted in the team playing 0-0 against a bunch of amateur footballers who had day jobs. The defence line must be up to par to shut down danger men Idion Ighalo and Ahmed Musa.

This match is important as both sides know what is at stake on the day, if either of the sides win, they book their flight to go to Cameroon next year June. Nigeria top the Group E with nine points and South Africa second with eight points. Here is the 23 player squad named for Nigeria:

Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United‚ South Africa)‚ Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba)‚ Francis Uzoho (Elche‚ Spain)

Defenders: Ola Aina (Torino‚ Italy)‚ Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United‚ England)‚ Adeleye Aniyikaye (IfenayiUbah)‚ Leon Balogun (Brighton and Hove Albion‚ England)‚ Jamilu Collins (Paderborn‚ Germany)‚ William Ekong Troost (Udinese‚ Italy)‚ Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow‚ Russia)‚ Kenneth Omeruo (Leganes‚ Spain)

Midfielders: Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal‚ Portugal)‚ Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City‚ England)‚ John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva‚ Israel)

Forwards: Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal‚ Spain)‚ Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai‚ China)‚ Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City‚ England)‚ Alex Iwobi (Arsenal‚ England)‚ Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux‚ France)‚ Ahmed Musa (Al Nasr‚ Saudi Arabia)‚ Victor Osimhen (Charleroi‚ Belgium)‚ Moses Simon (Levante‚ Spain)‚ Isaac Success (Watford‚ England)

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