World Cup 2014: Nosa Igiebor cut from Nigeria squad

By Oluwashina OkelejiBBC Sport
Nosa Igiebor shoots

Nosa Igiebor is one of the seven players to be dropped from Nigeria's final 23-man squad for the World Cup.

The Real Betis midfielder and Parma's Joel Obi, who both faced Scotland in last week's 2-2 draw, have been plagued by injury this season.

Ex-West Ham winger Victor Obinna has been omitted following injury concerns.

Bastia's Sunday Mba is also dropped from the provisional 30-man squad, despite scoring the winner in last year's Africa Cup of Nations final.

Otherwise coach Stephen Keshi has opted for a tried and trusted line-up.

Warri Wolves defender Azubuike Egwuekwe, Sunshine Stars' Kunle Odunlami and Gombe goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim are the only three locally based players on the 23-man list.

Experienced trio Joseph Yobo, Vincent Enyeama and Austin Ejide will be making a third appearance at the World Cup.

The other players to miss out are goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, midfielders Ejike Uzoenyi and Nnamdi Oduamadi.

The three-time African champions will play Greece in Philadelphia on 3 June then face USA in Jacksonville, Florida on 7 June, before they fly out to Sao Paulo.

Nigeria will face Argentina, Iran and Bosnia in Group F of this summer's tournament in Brazil.

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille), Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be'er Sheva), Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United).

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Monaco), Efe Ambrose (Celtic), Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor), Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves), Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough), Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod), Joseph Yobo (Norwich, on loan from Fenerbahce), Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars).

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea), Ramon Azeez (Almeria), Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio), Reuben Gabriel (Waasland-Beveren), Michael Babatunde (Volyn Lutsk).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Shola Ameobi (Newcastle), Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce), Michael Uchebo (Cercle Brugge), Peter Odemwingie (Stoke), Victor Moses (Liverpool, on loan from Chelsea), Uche Nwofor (Heerenveen).

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