Experienced former junior international Gero Abdullahi was the surprise exclusion from the 21 man list released by the national U-23 men’s football team, Dream Team VI Chief Coach Samson Siasia for this weekend’s crucial All Africa Games qualifying first leg game against Gabon in Libraville on 21 February.
Others who did not make the team are Aminu Umar who arrived late to camp and Warri Wolves forward Freedom Omofonma who also arrived camp late after his club’s CAF Confederation Cup game in Burkina Faso.
The Dream Team VI made up of 16 home and 5 foreign-based professional players are expected to depart the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on Wednesday evening for Gabon via an Ethiopia Airline flight.
The 21 Dream Team VI for Gabon are: Goalkeepers Daniel Emmanuel, Akande Abiodun.
Defenders: Obanor Erhun, Okorom Stanley, Oduduwa Segun, Sani Faisal, Sincere Seth, Atanda Sodiq.
Midfielders: Azubuike Okechukwu, Godwin Savior, Tiongoli Tonbara, Saliu Popoola, Oshobe Oladele, Mohammed Usman, Kingsley Sokari.
Forwards: Etebo Oghenekaro, Ajayi Junior, Peter Onyekachi, Iwobi Alex, Paul Onwachu