Nigeria cut World Cup squad down to 25

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Nigeria has sent five players home to reduce their provisional World Cup squad to 25 players who will travel to Europe.

The Super Eagles informed Stephen Eze, Dele Ajiboye, Junior Lokosa, and Uche Agbo of the decision, while Moses Simon travels with the squad to undergo a medical examination on his injured thigh.

“It’s tough because we can’t take all the 30 players to the World Cup,” team spokesman Toyin Ibitoye told BBC Sport.

“They’ve been informed and they’ve thanked the coaching staff for the opportunity and promise to keep supporting their colleagues.”

Head coach Gernot Rohr will need to get his squad down to 23 players before the June 4 deadline, as stipulated by FIFA.

The Super Eagles are in Group D for the global showpiece, along with Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland.

Nigeria squad travelling to Europe:

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa)

Defenders: William Troost-Ekong and Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey); Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag, Netherlands); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England); Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV, Belgium); Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Leon Balogun (Brighton, England); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa, Turkey)

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas, Spain); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Joel Obi (Torino, Italy), Mikel Agu (Bursaspor, Turkey)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Victor Moses (Chelsea, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal, England); Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone, Italy)