Nigerians should not decide for Rohr - Rufai

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Nigeria's manager, Gernot Rohr, has released his 30-man provisional shortlist for the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.

And Rohr stuck to his word, with only Amkar Perm left-back, Brian Idowu, Lokomotiv Plovdiv big defender, Stephen Eze, and Joel Obi, the other players included in the squad that weren't part of the qualifiers.

He said: "We need to commend the effort of the coach that he was able to come out with this list in spite of pressure from agents of some unfit players".

"It is the best we have and we are bringing to the table for now", he added. "In the first 35-man list, they have a chance".

Midfielder John Obi Mikel was named captain.

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Domestic league leading scorer Junior Lokosa of Kano Pillars, and FC Crotone's Simeon Nwankwo join an expected cast of players which will be whittled down to the final 23 in June.

Rohr selected goalkeepers Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Francis Uzoho of Deportivo La Coruna, Daniel Akpeyi and Dele Ajiboye, meaning no recall for veteran Vincent Enyeama.

The 30-man provisional list cntains regular suspects such as Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Ogenyi Onazi and so on, but the surprise of the pack is the inclusion of Junior Lokosa, Kano Pillars striker.

The 25-year old was involved in the goal against Zambia that sealed Nigeria's qualification for the World Cup, and barring any unforseen circumstance, should make the final 23-man squad to Russian Federation.

Chippa United keeper Akpeyi, who clocks 32 on August 3, is the oldest member of the squad.

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