Nigeria's already-formidable attack has been handed a boost ahead of the FIFA World Cup™ qualifier against Mozambique later this month: 'Obagoals' is back.
In what will be his first game for the Super Eagles in more than a year, Obafemi Martins will travel to Maputo for the African Zone Group B showdown on 29 March. The Newcastle United striker missed the first round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers due injury, although Nigeria were barely affected by his absence, cruising through the six matches between June and October with a 100 per cent record, racking up 11 goals in the process.
However, coach Shaibu Amodu will have been concerned with the lack of game time for his key attackers in recent months. Captain Nwankwo Kanu has been used mainly as a substitute by struggling Portsmouth in the English Premier League and Peter Odemwingie has not yet started the new season in Russia. The biggest blow has come in the shape of injuries to both Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Victor Anichebe, with the Everton pair ruled out for the rest of the season.
As well as recalling Martins, Amodu has also handed a first full call-up to Dutch-based midfielder Olufemi Ajilore, who played for the U-23 side at the Men's Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008.
Goalkeepers: Dele Aiyenugba (FC Beni Yehuda, Israel), Austin Ejide (Bastia, France), Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel)
Defenders: Dele Adeleye (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands), Onyekachi Apam (OG Nice, France), Yusuf Mohammed, Obinna Nwaneri (both FC Sion, Switzerland), Chidi Odiah (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Daniel Shittu (Bolton Wanderers, England), Taye Taiwo (Olympique Marseille, France), Joseph Yobo (Everton, England)
Midfielders: Olufemi Ajilore (FC Groningen, Netherlands), Sani Kaita (FC Kuban, Russia), John Obi Mikel (Chelsea, England), Ikechukwu Uche (Getafe, Spain), Kalu Uche (Almeria, Spain)
Forwards: Joseph Akpala (FC Brugge, Belgium), Nwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth, England), Obafemi Martins (Newcastle United, England), Obinna Nsofor (Inter Milan, Italy), Chinedu Obasi (Hoffenheim, Germany), Peter Odemwingie (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia)