Abdullahi 'honoured' to be listed in prelim World Cup squad

Abdullahi 'honoured' to be listed in prelim World Cup squad

His good form has been rewarded by Super Eagles boss Rohr who included him in his 30-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

"I have no reservation that the list is a good one and provisionally the best for the country for now, " he said.

Kano Pillars striker, Junior Lokosa and Crotone attacker, Simeon Nwankwo are the surprise inclusions as Malaga's Brown Ideye was dropped.

There were few surprises in the 30-man provisional list submitted by the Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr, in preparation for the Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup.

"Today, that forecast I made about the lad then is manifesting".

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

The goalkeeping area, which has given Rohr cause for concern recently, has the 19-year-old Francis Uzoho, Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who kept in four of the qualifiers, and Plateau United's Dele Ajiboye, despite calls for the coach to extend an invitation to experienced Israel-based duo Austin Ejide and Dele Aiyenugba.

Defenders: William Troost Ekong, Leon Balogun, Chidera Eze, Chidozie Awaziem, Kenneth Omeruo, Shehu Abdullahi, Tyrone Ebuhehi, Ola Aina, Elderson Echejile, Brian Idowu, Efe Ambrose.

NAN reports that the Super Eagles will open its account at the World Cup on June 14 against Croatia in the city of Kaliningrad.