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Qatar 2022: Why Iwobi was dropped as Eguavoen names squad to face Ghana

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Alex Iwobi was missing from Nigeria’s squad as Interim manager Augustine Eguavoen releases a strong list to face Ghana in the 2022 World Cup playoffs this month.

The Everton forward was not in the 32-man provisional squad released by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Friday.

Fans were confused not seeing the Super Eagles regular in the squad.

Iwobi picked up a red card during the 1-0 defeat to Tunisia in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. This has made him ineligible for the two-legged fixture.

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Iwobi was sent off just seven minutes after coming from the bench

Senegalese referee, Maguette N’Diaye N’Diaye had initially shown a yellow card to Iwobi for a foul against Tunisia player, Ellyes Skhiri. However, he was advised by Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to check the pitch-side monitor, after which he took back the yellow and raised a red card.

With that, Iwobi will be missing in action for the Super Eagles’ next two fixtures against the Black Stars of Ghana.


Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Defenders: Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Calvin Bassey (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)

Midfielders: Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Watford FC, England); Akinkunmi Amoo (FC Copenhagen, Denmark)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria, Spain); Odion Jude Ighalo (Al-Hilal FC, Saudi Arabia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Emmanuel Dennis (Watford FC, England); Ademola Lookman (Leicester City, England)

Standby: Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin, Germany); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Praha, Czech Republic); Ogenyi Onazi (Al-Adalah FC, Saudi Arabia)

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