There were few surprises in the 30-man provisional list submitted by the Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr, in preparation for the Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Chelsea wingback Moses was Nigeria's top scorer in the qualifying campaign with three goals, while Captain Mikel Obi, Iwobi, Simon and Iheanacho weighed in with two goals each.
"I think the list is made up of the usual suspects and these are the players that we should indeed be taking to the World Cup".
Both Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Ajiboye are goalkeepers, which means there is no place for the country's most-capped worldwide - goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama - despite growing calls from a section of fans for him to recall the former captain. I will not be surprised if Rohr sticks with those he has been working with.
He opines that the level of support and encouragement given to the Nigerian side is enough to raise the anxiety of the players to give their best in Russia."Raising money to meet the demands of the Super Eagles to excel in Russia is very good if the money eventually got to them".
The squad will further train together under the watchful eyes of Rohr before traveling to London for a friendly match with England on June 2, 2018.
"There were really no major surprises in the list as the country's biggest goal contributors namely; Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho are destined for Russian Federation".
"I still don't know what Ezenwa and Echiejile are doing in that squad?" The Nigerian team will play Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Port Harcourt on May 25, after which the final 23-man squad will be announced.