Dele-Bashiru Earns Debut Call-Up As Nigeria Names 25-Man Squad For Friendlies
October 02, (THEWILL) – The Nigeria Football Federation announced the Super Eagles squad for the upcoming friendly matches against Saudi Arabia and Mozambique this month on Monday.
The 25-man list includes several promising young talents who have impressed for their clubs this season. One such standout is 22-year-old Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, who plays for Turkish club, Hatayspor. Dele-Bashiru has scored four goals and provided two assists in just seven appearances so far, earning a first call-up to the senior national team.
There is also another call-up for striker, Terem Moffi of Ligue 1 side, Nice, replacing Gent’s Gift Orban from the squad that represented Nigeria in their final AFCON qualifier against Sao Tome and Principe last month. The usual attacking stars like Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze and Moses Simon all retain their places.
This blend of emerging prospects and established names provides an intriguing mix for manager, Jose Peseiro, ahead of the friendlies. According to the NFF, the training camp will begin on October 10 in Faro, Portugal. The first game will be against Saudi Arabia on October 13. Three days later, on October 16, the team will play against Mozambique.
Players invited include:
Francis Uzoho (Omonia FC, Cyprus)
Olorunleke Ojo (Enyimba FC)
Adebayo Adeleye (Hapoel Jerusalem, Israel)
Olaoluwa Aina (Nottingham Forest, England)
Bright Osayi-Samuel (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey)
Jordan Torunarigha (KAA Gent, Belgium)
Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey)
Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England)
Calvin Bassey (Fulham FC, England)
Jamilu Collins (Cardiff FC, Wales)
Bruno Onyemaechi (Boavista FC, Portugal)
Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England)
Raphael Onyedika (Club Brugge, Belgium)
Joe Ayodele-Aribo (Southampton FC, England)
Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England)
Alex Iwobi (Fulham FC, England)
Fisayo Dele-Bashiru (Hatayaspor FC, Turkey)
Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England)
Samuel Chukwueze (AC Milan, Italy)
Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France)
Ademola Lookman (Atalanta FC, Italy)
Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy)
Taiwo Awoniyi (Nottingham Forest, England)
Terem Moffi (OGC Nice, France)
Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)