Nigeria’s Coach, Stephen Keshi yesterday ate his words after inviting the Villarreal forward for this month’s 2015 Cup of Nations qualifying matches against the Red Devils of Congo and Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
Keshi had vowed that he will never invite Ikechukwu Uche to play for the Eagles as long as he remains coach, but in a turn around called the player for the first time in nearly two years, and there is also a first senior team opportunity for Nasarawa United midfielder Tony Edjomari.
Home –based defender Solomon Kwambe also return, and Aaron Samuel (who got one of the goals against Sudan), Hope Akpan, Sunday Emmanuel and home –boy Emem Eduok have further chances after being called for the matches against the Falcons of Sudan.
Skipper and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, defenders Godfrey Oboabona and Elderson Echiejile, midfielders Ogenyi Onazi and Mikel Obi, and forwards Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Emenike and Babatunde Michael are also invited.
All the players are expected to report at the Bolton White Apartments, Wuse, Abuja on Sunday, 9th November.
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan had also ordered the immediate reinstatement of Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi.
Keshi’s contract with the Nigeria Football Federation was not renewed after the World Cup in Brazil.
But in a twist of fate, Sports Minister and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Tammy Danagogo invited the Afcon winning coach to return to the team and prosecute the first phase of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo, South Africa and Sudan.