Mikel, Lokosa, Ajiboye top Eagles' World Cup provisional list

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Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles coach, has released the provisional list of players to represent Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Leading the list are China based John Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo and the Premier League quadruple of Victor Moses, Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi and Alex Iwobi.

The list, which consists of 4 goalkeepers, 10 defenders, 8 midfielders and 8 attackers, also includes Enyimba FC goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Deportivo La Coruna's shot stopper Francis Uzoho.

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.

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The absence of Ikeme on Rohr's 30-man provisional squad to Russian Federation 2018 means that the Eagles No 1 spot is now up for grabs between four goalkeepers - Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Dele Ajiboye and Daniel Akpeyi. "My hardwork took me there and I am very grateful to God", he said. "I believe my goals will speak for me".

"All players invited by the coach are expected to be in camp on Monday, May 21 as camp will officially open in Uyo for the game against DR Congo on the 28th of this month", Ibitoye disclosed.

The Bursaspor defender, who participated actively with the Super Eagles during the qualifiers, says he is honoured to make Nigeria's provisional list.

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