Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has handed a surprise invitation to Zamalek SC midfielder, Maroof Youssef in a 23-man list called up for the 2019 Afcon qualifier against South Africa.
The roll call, which is expected to be the final list of invitees for the qualifier was announced by the Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday.
New kid on the block, Henry Onyekuru was retained by the Coach after his showing in the Corsica exhibition match against Corsica.
While Akwa United forward, Alhassan Ibrahim was named in the list, MFM FC duo Stephen Odey and Sikiru Olatubosun were dropped.
The German tactician, though handed a surprise invitation to 24-year-old Zamalek midfielder, Maroof Youssef.
It’s the player’s first national team invite. He is believed to be versatile and can play in the midfield as well as a defender.
Chelsea FC’s wing-back Victor Moses was also conspicuously missing from the select 23.
All invited players are expected in Abuja on Friday, 2nd June with the team to train on Monday, 5th June before departing to Uyo on Tuesday.
Nigeria will host South Africa in a group E match on June 10 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium as both nations will attempt to reach the 2019 Afcon.
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Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Dele Alampasu
Elderson Echiejile, William Troost-Ekong, Chidozie Awaziem, Tyrone Ebuehi, Kenneth Omeruo, Maroof Youssef, Abdullahi Shehu
Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, Mikel Agu, John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo, Alhassan Ibrahim
Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Olanrewaju Kayode, Henry Onyekuru, Alex Iwobi, Victor Osimhen, Simon Moses.
Meanwhile, Nigeria will play a second exhibition match against Togo on Thursday after Friday’s 1-1 draw against Corsica.