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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 January 2008, 19:40 GMT
Nigeria name strong squad
Watford defender Danny Shittu
Watford's Danny Shittu will play for Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations
Nigeria's German coach Berti Vogts has named eight Africa Cup of Nations debutants in his squad for Ghana 2008.

The squad will be captained by the experienced Nwankwo Kanu, who will be making his 5th appearance at Africa's football showcase.

The newcomers to the Super Eagles squad are defenders Rabiu Afolabi, Onyekachi Apam, Danny Shittu, Ifeanyi Emeghara and Richard Eromoigbe; midfielders Onyekachi Okonkwo and Dickson Etuhu, and striker Ikechukwu Uche.

The squad of 23 are based in ten different nations, with no home-based players making the final cut.

Nigeria kicks off its campaign against one of the tournament favourites Ivory Coast in Sekondi on 21 January.

Mali and Benin make up the rest of Group B.

Nigeria squad

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel), Austin Ejide (Bastia, France), Dele Aiyenugba (Bnei-Yehuda, Israel)

Defenders: Onyekachi Apam (Nice, France), Taye Taiwo (Marseille, France), Joseph Yobo (Everton, England), Obinna Nwaneri (FC Sion, Switzerland), Danny Shittu (Watford, England), Rabiu Afolabi (Sochaux, France), Ifeanyi Emeghara (Steua Bucharest, Romania), Richard Eromoigbe (Levski Sofiaj, Bulgaria)

Midfielders: Mikel Obi (Chelsea, England), Seyi Olofinjana (Wolverhampton, England), Onyekachi Okonkwo (FC Zurich, Switzerland), Dickson Etuhu (Sunderland, England)

Strikers: Ikechukwu Uche (Getafe, Spain), Obinna Nsofor (Chievo Verona, Italy), Osaze Odemwingie (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia), John Utaka, Nwankwo Kanu (both Portsmouth, England), Obafemi Martins (Newcastle, England), Ayodele Makinwa (Lazio, Italy), Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Everton, England).


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