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Martins makes Nigeria squad

Nigeria striler Obafemi Martins
Striker Obafemi Martins has made the Super Eagles squad for Angola

Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins has been included in his country's 23 man team for this month's Africa Cup of Nations.

Coach Shaibu Amodu had delayed naming his final squad while Martins' fitness was assessed.

Martins, who plays for Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga, recently had surgery on a shin injury.

It means Hoffenheim striker Chinedu Obasi is the player dropped from Coach Amodu's final list of players.

Joseph Yobo, Danny Shittu and Yusuf Mohammed who are also recovering from long-term injuries are in the team too.

They join Portsmouth striker Nwankwo Kanu who is set to make his sixth appearance at the biennial tournament.

Nigeria is going to Angola with a team made up completely of foreign based players.

The Super Eagles begin their Group C campaign against defending champions Egypt on 12 January before taking on Benin and then Mozambique.

Nigeria's squad list:

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel) Bamidele Aiyenugba (Bnei Yehuda, Israel) Austin Ejide (unattached)

Defenders: Joseph Yobo (Everton, England), Danny Shittu (Bolton, England) , Obinna Nwaneri and Yusuf Mohammed (both FC Sion, Switzerland) Taye Taiwo (Marseille, France) Elderson Echiejile (Rennes, France), Chidi Odiah (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Onyekachi Apam (Nice, France).

Midfielders: Nwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth, England), John Mikel Obi (Chelsea, England), Dickson Etuhu (Fulham, England) Sani Kaita (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia) Yusuf Atanda Ayila (Dynamo Kiev, Ukraine), Oluwaseyi George Olofinjana (Hull City, England), Kalu Uche (Almeria, Spain).

Strikers: Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Everton, England), Osaze Odemwingie (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia), Michael Eneramo (Esperance, Tunisia), Obinna Nsofor (Malaga, Spain), Obafemi Martins (Wolfsburg, Germany).



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28 Dec 09 |  African


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