One thing Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi can't be accused of, is not providing surprises when it comes to squad selection. He did it when he announced his squad for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournament earlier this year and he did it again when he nominated the 23 players called upon to do duty during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013.
One of the surprises Keshi pulled out of the hat was striker Anthony Ujah, who spent his past season on loan at German second division club Cologne from Bundesliga team Mainz 05. The 22-year-old, who embarked on his European career in January of 2010 when he was signed by Norwegian club Lillestrom from Warri Wolves, was capped for the first time when he came on in Nigeria's friendly international against Mexico in May.
Ujah has a very good scoring rate for most of his clubs, averaging close to 0.5 goals per game. He scored 13 goals for Cologne this season as the club pushed for promotion to the Bundesliga, just coming up short though. The club has already said that they accept if will be very difficult to keep Ujah, who has to return to Mainz, but is also on the radar of several bigger clubs. "At the moment I do not want to think of my [future]. Now I am first going to go to the national team and then we will see what happens," he said.