It’s international break again and the

Ahead of the games, we assess the 23 players that have been invited for the games.


Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United/South Africa)

After struggling with injuries last season, Akpeyi has been a consistent figure between the post for South African side Chippa United this season.

He has played in all of their games so far this season, 11 of them, conceding 11 goals and keeping just three clean sheets.

In his last outing before joining the Super Eagles, Akpeyi was in goal in their goalless draw away at Kaizer Chiefs.

With the absence of Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, Akpeyi is expected to be between the post for Nigeria against South Africa.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba/Nigeria)

Ezenwa has been the second choice goalkeeper for the Super Eagles but has since lost that place after struggling with injuries and has not played or Enyimba this season.

Theophilus Afelokahi (Enyimba/Nigeria)

It has been Adelokahi who has benefited from Ezenwa’s injuries, stepping up from being the third choice at Enyimba to becoming the first choice.

He was imperious in goal for Enyimba in their 2018 CAF Confederation Cup campaign which has earned him a call-up to the Super Eagles.


William Troost-Ekong (Udinese/Italy)

William Troost-Ekong
William Troost-Ekong

Troost-Ekong has taken to the Serie A like a duck to water following his move from Turkish side Bursaspor to Serie A club Udinese.

He was thrown in straight into action and has impressed this season in central defence. He has played all 12 of Udinese’s league games this season and was on for 90 minutes over the weekend as they were beaten 2-1 away at Empoli.

Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove/England)

Struggling for game time at Brighton & Hove Albion, Balogun has managed just two games since joining the Premier League club in the summer. He wasn't in action this weekend.

Kenneth Omeruo (Leganes/Spain)

Kenneth Omeruo
Kenneth Omeruo

After a slow start to life in Spain with Leganes, Omeruo has gradually gotten into the side and has now made five appearances for the La Liga side. His 90 minutes appearance last weekend for Leganes who managed a goalless draw away at Girona was his fifth consecutive starts for the Mauricio Pellegrino-led side.

Brian Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow/Russia)

Got a move to a bigger Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow from Amkar Perm after representing Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He has made 11 appearances for Lokomotive since then including three in the Champions League. He was however not listed for their goalless draw away at Rubin Kazan over the weekend.

Olamilekan Adeleye (FC IfeanyiUbah/Nigeria)

Adeleye was a consistent player for FC IfeanyiUbah before the 2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season ended in September. He has not been in action of recent.

Semi Ajayi (Rotherham/England)

Ajayi has been a very impressive for Rotherham in the Championship so far this season. A defender by trade, the 25-year-old has shown his versatility by playing in the defensive midfield position for Paul Warne’s side this season including this weekend’s 1-1 away draw at Blackburn.

Jamilu Collins (Paderborn/Germany)

One of the first names in the starting XI for Paderborn who play in 2. Bundesliga, the second division in Germany. He has played in every game for Paderborn including this weekend’s 4-4 home draw against Holstein Kiel.

Ola Aina (Torino/Italy)

Ola Aina
Ola Aina

Had a slow start in Torino, the Italian team he joined on loan from Chelsea but has become a regular for the Serie A club.

Plays as a  left-back and wing-back and already has a goal and assist to his name. He was on for 90 minutes in their 1-2 loss at home to Parma.


John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva/Israel)

John Ogu
John Ogu

Ever consistent for Israeli Premier League side Hapoel Beer-Sheva, John Ogu has played 14 of Beer-Sheva’s 17 games in all competitions this season. He still hasn’t hit the height of recent years but Ogu remains a reliable defender for the Be’er Sheva who are seeking a fourth straight title in Israel’s top flight.

Mikel Agu (Vitória de Setúbal/Portugal)

Got on slowly after joining Vitoria de Setubal on loan from another Portuguese club Porto and has played in their last five games including this weekend’s 2-1 home win over Feirense in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City/England)

Oghenekaro Etebo
Oghenekaro Etebo

Super Eagles midfielder Etebo hasn’t been that impressive at Stoke City since his move to the Championship side in the summer. He has played 11 games for Stoke City so far this season and got a start as they held away at Nottingham Forest.


Alex Iwobi (Arsenal/England)

Alex Iwobi
Alex Iwobi

Alex Iwobi has been bright so far at Arsenal who have experienced an obvious lift under Unai Emery. The young Nigerian has made the difference for Arsenal in a number of games as he continues to improve.

He has a goal and four assists to his name at Arsenal this season. He played the first 45 minutes in the Gunners’ 1-1 home draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Ahmed Musa (Al-Nassr/Saudi Arabia)

After finally ending his underwhelming star at Leicester City, Ahmed Musa has shone for Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia.

He has four goals in seven appearances so far this season and played the whole 90 minutes in their 2-1 away win at Al-Ettifaq over the weekend.

Victor Osimhen (Charleroi/Belgium)

Victor Osimhen
Victor Osimhen

After stalling at Wolfsburg, Osimhen got a loan move to Charleroi in Belgium where he has started to show signs of his early promise. The former Golden Eaglets striker has scored six goals this season in Belgium which has earned him a recall to the Super Eagles.

He was on for 90 minutes as Charleroi got a 2-1 home win over Club Brugge this weekend.

Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City/England)

Iheanacho is yet to spark for Leicester City this season as he continues to find his feet in Claude Puel’s team. In 11 games so far this season, the Nigeria international has managed just one goal and was a second-half substitute in the Foxes’ goalless home draw against Burnley.

Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux/France)

Joined Ligue 1 side Bordeaux in the summer and has been impressive for the French side. He has played 14 games for Bordeaux this season with a goal and an assist.

Isaac Success (Watford/England)

Isaac Success
Isaac Success

Isaac Success is enjoying some sort of resurgence at Watford after two underwhelming seasons at the club. He has worked his way back in the team and currently enjoying some run of games.

His start in the 1-1 away draw at Southampton over the weekend was the fourth consecutive time he has been on from the start this season. He has 14 appearances for the Hornets so far this season with two goals.

Moses Simon (Levante/Spain)

Moses Simon has had to overcome injury and adaptation to a new country and league and is gradually finding his feet in the Spanish La Liga with Spain. He has made just four substitute appearances for Levante this season and came on in the second half of their 1-3 home loss to Real Sociedad.

Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal/Spain)

Samuel Chukwueze
Samuel Chukwueze

The former Golden Eaglets star just got promoted to the Villarreal first team after one season with the B team and has been catching the eye. He has made five appearances for the Yellow Submarine and scored his first goal for the club in their 2-2 away at Rayo Vallecano.

Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray/ Turkey)

Henry Onyekuru
Henry Onyekuru

Onyekuru sent out a deadly warning to Super Eagles next opponents with an impressive brace in Galatasaray’s 3-0 away win at . He ended a six-game drought over the weekend.