Nwankwo, Lokosa, Ajiboye make W'Cup list

Nigeria Announce Provisional World Cup Squad

Okala said that he personally saw the provisional list as a good list "with lots of hope in it".

Nigeria is in Group D at the World Cup and faces Croatia, Iceland and then Argentina.

Lokosa has been in terrific form in the Nigeria Professional Football League scoring 18 goals in 20 matches - including a brace against Katsina United on Sunday.

"I pray he joins other great and wonderful players in the team to make Nigerians proud, " he added.

While reacting to the Eagles 30-man provisional list submitted to Federation Internationale de Football Association on Monday Dodo Mayana- as he was fondly called during his playing days passed a vote of confidence on the four goalkeepers that made the list.

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Chelsea forward Victor Moses leads the forward line that consists of Nwankwo, Odion Ighalo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon and Alex Iwobi.

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho, Dele Ajiboye, Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

The Super Eagles are heading to their sixth World Cup, having taken part in the 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014 editions - with a place in the Round of 16 their best performance ever.

The defence has Turkey-based Kenneth Omeruo, William Troost-Ekong and Shehu Abdullahi while Cercle Brugge's 30-year-old Elderson Echiejile, Leon Balogun, Ola Aina, Tyronne Ebuehi, and Nantes centre-back Chidozie Awaziem also made the cut.

The Midfielders include Mikel Obi (Captain), Joel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel Agu, Etebo Oghenekaro, John Ogu, Uche Ago and Wilfred Ndidi.

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