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Nigeria names provisional roster with without La Liga, MLS stars

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After Toronto FC forward Bright Dike’s injury ended his World Cup hopes, the hopes for a Major League Soccer player to suit up for Nigeria this summer fell to Seattle striker Obafemi Martins.

But Martins has been left off head coach Stephen Keshi’s preliminary roster, a move which is not entirely surprising considering he has not been one of nearly 75 call-ups for the Super Eagles over the past year.

Some other bigger name omissions include Dynamo Kiev’s Brown Ideye, and Ikechukwu Uche of Villarreal is perhaps the biggest name missing. Keshi hasn’t selected Uche in a year after describing the player as “tactically undisciplined”, and the forward has 12 goals for the La Liga club this year, though he hasn’t scored since Jan. 25.

There are five Premier League players on the roster, with Joseph Yobo of Norwich City, Victor Moses of Liverpool, Shola Ameobi of Newcastle, John Mikel Obi of Chelsea and Peter Odemwingie of Stoke making the cut so far.

The full squad:

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland), Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United)

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco); Efe Ambrose (Celtic); Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC); Joseph Yobo (Norwich City); Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars).

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea); Ramon Azeez (Almeria FC); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio); Joel Obi (Parma); Nnamdi Oduamadi (Varese); Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers), Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis), Sunday Mba (CA Bastia), Reuben Gabriel (Waasland-Beveren), Michael Babatunde (Volyn Lutsk).

Forwards : Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow); Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United); Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce); Obinna Nsofor (Chievo Verona); Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City), Michael Uchebo (Cercle Brugge); Victor Moses (Liverpool), Uche Nwofor (Heerenveen).