Nigeria unveils 30-man provisional list for FIFA World Cup

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Meanwhile, Nigeria's group opponent at the World Cup, Argentina has also released its provisional squad with Dybala and Icardi included as part of what will be a formidable attacking force if all the names go.

Okala, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Enugu, said the selected as dedicated players that would do the country proud.

The Kano Pillars hotshot has scored 18 goals so far in the current Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) season and leads the goal chart.

He said that he had known Simeon Nwankwo for some years now, even from the time he played in Nnaka League in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra.

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has revealed that the absence of goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is his biggest regret ahead of next month's World Cup in Russian Federation.

There is only one South African-based player in the squad as Chippa United's Daniel Akpeyi was named as one of the four goalkeepers.

A quintuple of Leon Balogun, Wilfred Ndidi, Etebo Oghenekaro, Joel Obi and Tyrone Ebuehi who are recuperating from injury also made the lists.

The attackers are Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); and another newcomer, Nwankwo Simeon (Crotone FC, Italy).

NAN reports that the Super Eagles will open its account at the World Cup on June 14 against Croatia in the city of Kaliningrad.

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