The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has announced the names of 18 home-based players that will represent the country in the international friendly with Costa Rica on November 10. All 18 players are from clubs playing in the Nigerian Professional Football League. In the statement released on Friday, the NFF confirmed that Super Eagles assistant head coach Salisu Yusuf picked the players on the roster.
Some familiar faces on the list include Super Eagles B goalkeeper Kayode Bankole, Olympic Eagles first-choice shot-stopper Nathaniel Nwosu, midfielder Afeez Nosiru, and forwards Sunday Faleye and Edidiong Ezekiel. LThe Eagles have been training at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan for the past week and are scheduled to jet out of the country for Costa Rica on Saturday, November 5.
The match between Nigeria and Costa Rica is the first-ever meeting between the two former continental champions and is billed for the National Stadium in San Jose. Although prominent Super Eagles foreign-based stars have been snubbed for the Costa Rica meeting, they are expected to feature prominently when head coach Peseiro names the team to face Portugal on november 17th.