Nigeria omit Everton's Anichebe
Everton striker Victor Anichebe has been left out of Nigeria's squad for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations which starts in Ghana next month.
Anichebe, who has yet to be capped by his country of birth, has also been sought after by the England U-21 team. He has insisted his loyalty is with Nigeria.
Coach Berti Vogts said Tuesday that he was taking his best players to training camp in Malaga, Spain, beginning 4 January and his target was to win the competition.
"My target is to win the cup and we can do that with a bit of luck," said the German coach.
The squad was predictable but includes three players from the Nigeria team that won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Korea in September. Vogts said these players are only there for the experience.
Goalkeepers: Austin Ejide (Bastia/FRA), Dele Aiyenugba (Bnei Yehuda/ISR), Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv/ISR)
Defenders: Rabiu Afolabi (Sochaux/FRA), Danny Shittu (Watford/ENG), Onyekachi Apam (OGC Nice/FRA), Obinna Nwaneri (FC Sion/SWI), Joseph Yobo (Everton/ENG), Ifeanyi Emeghara (Steaua Bucharest/ROM), Kingsley Udoh (Akwa United), Efe Ambrose (Kaduna United), Taye Taiwo (Marseille/FRA)
Midfielders: Seyi Olofinjana (Wolves/ENG), Dickson Etuhu (Sunderland/ENG), Richard Eromoigbe (Levski Sofia/BUL), John Mikel Obi (Chelsea/ENG), Sani Kaita (Sparta Rotterdam/NED), Onyekachi Okonkwo (FC Zurich/SWI), Yusuf Ayila (Dynamo Kyiv/UKR), Lukman Haruna (Crystal Academy), Rabiu Ibrahim (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Oladapo Olufemi (Boavista/POR)
Forwards: Nwankwo Kanu, John Utaka (Portsmouth/ENG), Osaze Odemwingie (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS), Mannaseh Ishiaku (MSV Duisburg/GER), Ikechukwu Uche (CF Getafe/SPA), Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Everton/ENG), Ayodele Makinwa (SS Lazio/ITA), Obinna Nsofor (Chievo Verona/ITA), Obafemi Martins (Newcastle/ENG)