Super Eagles Vincent Enyeama, Sanni Kaita and Chidi Ordiah are all named in the 23-man World Cup team.

Super Eagles striking duo Ike Uche and Victor Anichebe were the most notable names to miss out on Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

New Nigeria boss Lars Lagerback dropped seven players in his final cut today with Peter Utaka, Onyekachi Apam, Brown Ideye and domestically-based duo Bassey Akpan and Terna Suswan also missing out.

Real Zaragoza striker Uche had been struggling with a knee injury while Everton’s Anichebe was overlooked in favour of fellow English-based strikers Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Nwankwo Kanu and John Utaka.

Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi was included despite missing the end of the season with a knee injury.

Nigeria begin their FIFA World Cup finals campaign against Argentina in Johannesburg on 12 June, and will also play Greece and South Korea in Group B.

Nigeria’s 23-man FIFA World Cup squad:

Goal Keepers:

  • Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv),
  • Dele Aiyenugba (Bnei Yehuda),
  • Austin Ejide (Hapoel Petach Tikvah);


  • Taye Taiwo (Marseille),
  • Elderson Echiejile (Rennes),
  • Chidi Odiah (CSKA Moscow),
  • Joseph Yobo (Everton),
  • Ayodele Adeleye (Sparta Rotterdam),
  • Rabiu Afolabi (Salzburg),
  • Danny Shittu (Bolton);


  • Kalu Uche (Almeria),
  • Dickson Etuhu (Fulham),
  • John Mikel Obi (Chelsea),
  • Sani Kaita (Alaniya),
  • Haruna Lukman (Monaco),
  • Yusuf Ayila (Dynamo Kiev);


  • Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Everton),
  • Nwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth),
  • Obafemi Martins (Wolfsburg),
  • John Utaka (Portsmouth),
  • Victor Obinna Nsofor (Malaga),
  • Osaze Odemwingie (Lokomotiv Moscow),
  • Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi (Hoffenheim).