Atalanta Star Lookman Headlines Nigeria World Cup Squad

Atalanta Star Lookman Headlines Nigeria World Cup Squad

By AFP – Agence France Presse

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Ademola Lookman contemporary from a historic hat-trick within the Europa League last will hope to make an identical impression for Nigeria in June’s 2026 World Cup qualifiers after being named in new head coach Finidi George’s squad.

A formidable squad boasts Napoli striker Victor Osimhen and Victor Boniface of German champions Bayer Leverkusen, though the latter and his membership had been ripped aside by Atalanta striker Lookman in final Wednesday’s Europa League last.

Lookman grew to become the primary participant to attain a hat-trick in a Europa League last — the primary in a European last since 1975 — to safe Atalanta’s first ever continental trophy.

Nigeria face South Africa on June 7 in Uyo, earlier than enjoying Benin in Abidjan three days later.

George has saved religion with the majority of the squad who had been overwhelmed by hosts Ivory Coast within the Africa Cup of Nations last in February.

The squad has been additional strengthened by the return of Leicester Metropolis midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and Boniface, who didn’t characteristic on the Africa Cup of Nations as a result of damage.

There are simply two home-based gamers, Remo Stars defender Sadiq Ismael and goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo.


Goalkeepers: Stanley Nwabali (Chippa United/RSA), Maduka Okoye (Udinese/ITA), Ojo Olorunleke (Enyimba FC)

Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (Boavista/POR), Vibrant Osayi-Samuel (Fenerbahce/TUR), Sadiq Ismael (Remo Stars FC), Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Calvin Bassey (Fulham/ENG), Benjamin Tanimu (Ihefu SC/TAN)

Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester Metropolis/ENG), Raphael Onyedika (Membership Brugge/BEL), Alhassan Yusuf Abdullahi (Royal Antwerp/BEL), Frank Onyeka (Brentford/ENG); Alex Iwobi (Fulham/ENG), Fisayo Dele-Bashiru (Hatayspor/TUR)

Forwards: Nathan Tella (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Victor Osimhen (Napoli/ITA), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester Metropolis/ENG), Samuel Chukwueze (AC Milan/ITA), Paul Onuachu (Trabzonspor/TUR), Ademola Lookman (Atalanta FC/ITA), Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Terem Moffi (Good/FRA)


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