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Last Updated: Monday, 14 July, 2003, 13:53 GMT 14:53 UK
Nigeria expects Aghahowa return
Nigeria forward Julius Aghahowa
Aghahowa is returning from injury
Striker Julius Aghahowa is expected to make his return to Nigeria's Super Eagles in their friendly against Venezuela in England.

Aghahowa has not played for the national team since he captained the Super Eagles in last September's Nations Cup qualifying tie against Angola in Luanda.

According to Nigeria FA spokesman Samuel Kaalu, Austin 'Jay Jay' Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Joseph Yobo are also expected to play in the fixture.

Players from Nigeria's domestic league have not been left out, as national coach Christian Chukwu selected a dozen players, including four from Champions League side Enyimba.

The 26 July tie against the South Americans is scheduled for the Madjeski stadium, home of English First Division side Reading.


Goalkeepers: Ike Shorunmu (Samsunspor/Tur), Austin Ejide (Etoile du Sahel/Tun), Vincent Enyeama (Enyimba)
Defenders: George Abbey (Macclesfield Town/Eng), Joseph Enakhire (Standard Liege/Bel), Ifeanyi Udeze (PAOK Salonika/Gre), Joseph Yobo (Everton/Eng), Isaac Okoronkwo (Wolves/Eng), Bob Usim (Nationale/Ngr), Seyi Olajengbesi (Julius Berger/Ngr), Romanus Orjinta (Enyimba/Ngr), Benedict Idahor (Enyimba/Ngr)
Midfielders: Ahmed Garba 'Yaro Yaro' (Pillars/Ngr), Austin 'Jay Jay' Okocha (Bolton Wanderers/Eng), Ishola Shuaibu (Berger/Ngr), John Utaka (Lens/Fra), Seyi Olofinjana (SK Brann/Nor), Oge Ileagu (Rangers/Ngr)
Strikers: Victor Ezeji, Ekene Ezinwa (Enyimba/Ngr), Nwankwo Kanu (Arsenal/Eng), Igho Otegeri (Rangers/Ngr), Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Portsmouth/Eng), Julius Aghahowa (Shaktar Donetsk/Ukr)

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