Rohr releases 30-man provisional list for the World Cup

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Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has named the country's league leading top scorers Junior Lokosa and Simeon Nwankwo as the new faces in the 30-man provisional list for the FIFA World Cup.

And Rohr stuck to his word, with only Amkar Perm left-back, Brian Idowu, Lokomotiv Plovdiv big defender, Stephen Eze, and Joel Obi, the other players included in the squad that weren't part of the qualifiers.

"It is the best we have and we are bringing to the table for now, " he added.

"The (home-based) boys have a little chance if they play very well for their clubs; you know we have to take the fittest also".

Since first qualifying for the tournament in 1994, Nigeria has played in the World Cup a further four times but never advancing beyond the "Round of 16".

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According to him, the need for commendation stemmed from the fact that some Nigerians had anticipated that he would succumb to pressure from interest groups, but the list has proved them wrong.

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

Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa), and Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United) made the list but three would eventually be shortlisted in the 23-man final list for the mundial.

The attackers are Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); and another newcomer, Nwankwo Simeon (Crotone FC, Italy).