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EXCLUSIVE: THE 6 HOME BASE PLAYERS IN CONTENTION TO MAKE NIGERIA SQUAD FOR EGYPT TIE

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Following the axing of five home based players from the thirteen in camp owngoalnigeria.com can reveal of the 13 left only 7 are in contention to make the squad for the back to back game against Egypt.

GOALKEPPERS:

Emmanuel Daniel: Although Femi Thomas and Ikechukwu Ezenwa are not doing badly in camp the fact that they are in the same age bracket with the established duo of Carl Ikeme and Daniel Akpeyi leaves the much younger Daniel with a chance of sneaking into the team as understudy to the established duo.

DEFENDERS:

Chibuzor Okonkwo: His inclusion raised a lot of eyebrows but the Ifeanyi Ubah man has been solid all through in camp, displaying his versatility by sometimes playing in the midfield.

A surebet for the Egypt clash when you add his fine form in training with his near perfect relationship with the coach.

Austin Obaroakpo: The Abia Warriors man is in a straight fight with Heartland of Owerri defender Kalu Orji but at the moment he is leading the quest to become the team third or possibly fourth centre back depending on how the coach play the trio of Efe Ambrose,Kenneth Omeruo and Godfrey Obaboana.

MIDFIELDERS:

Ifeanyi Matthew: A surebet to be in the team might even start according to reports gathered by owngoalnigeria.com and the Ogenyi Onazi’s suspension from the first leg tie makes his case more of a possibility.

FORWARDS:

Chisom Chikatara: Nigeria’s AFCON 2016 golden boy, the Wydad Casablanca new signing has no doubt impressed the coaches in training although he is yet to score his direct running at defenders and tireless probing puts him in a straight fight to displace one of the foreign based professionals called up for the game.

Etebo Oghenekaro: His inclusion is still subject to certain parameters especially in relation to the foreign base forwards invited for the game but the CD Farense of Portugal lad who is technically still a home base star as he is yet to officially join the Portuguese side has a very big chance of sneaking into the match day squad.