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Nigeria drop England-based trio

John Obi Mikel
John Obi Mikel will not play in the friendly in Bogota

England-based trio John Obi Mikel, Obafemi Martins and John Utaka have been left out of the Nigeria squad for a friendly against Colombia next month.

The three players were all left off the 23-man list by coach Shuaibu Amodu.

They also missed the Super Eagles' final 2010 World Cup qualifier against Sierra Leone on 11 October.

Chelsea midfielder Mikel last featured for the Super Eagles against Equatorial Guinea in June, while Portsmouth forward Utaka was a substitute against South Africa in September.

Newcastle striker Martins has missed all of Nigeria's second round qualifiers, largely through injury.

The west Africans face the Columbians in Bogota on 19 November as preparation for the final round of World Cup qualifiers which begin in March.

Everton's Joseph Yobo and Ayegbeni Yakubu, Bolton's Danny Shittu, Portsmouth's Kanu and Stoke's Seyi Olofinjana all feature in the squad.

Nigeria have been drawn in Group B alongside Kenya, Tunisia and Mozambique and must top the group if they are to progress to the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

Squad

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

Defenders: Joseph Yobo (Everton, England), Dele Adeleye (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands), Taye Taiwo (Olympique Marseille, France), Danny Shittu (Bolton, England), Chidi Odiah (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Yusuf Mohammed (Al Hilal, Sudan), Elderson Echiejile (Rennes, France)

Midfielders: Sani Kaita (Monaco, France), Christian Obodo (Udinese, Italy), Oluwafemi Ajilore (FC Groningen, Netherlands), Seyi Olofinjana (Stock City, England), Kalu Uche (Almeria, Spain)

Forwards: Ikechukwu Uche (Getafe, Spain), Obinna Nsofor (Inter Milan, Italy), Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Everton, England), Osaze Odemwingie (Locomotive Moscow, Russia), Joseph Akpala (Club Brugge, Belgium), Chinedu Ogbuke-Obasi (Hoffenheim, Germany), Solomon Okoronkwo (Saturn FC, Russia), Nwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth, England)

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see also
2010 World Cup Qualifiers
11 Oct 08 |  African
Breakdown of 2010 World Cup draw
22 Oct 08 |  African


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