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Nigeria leave out Tamuz

Posted by AFP on 2007/03/15 | Views: 1257 |

Nigeria leave out Tamuz


Nigeria have left out Israel star Toto Tamuz from their final squad for an African Nations Cup qualifying tie against Uganda later this month.

LAGOS (AFP) - Nigeria have left out Israel star Toto Tamuz from their final squad for an African Nations Cup qualifying tie against Uganda later this month.

Nigerian-born Tamuz, son of former international Clement Temile, was initially on a provisional 37-man list for the Uganda match slated for March 24 in Abeokuta, south west Nigeria.

Tamuz has already played for Israel even though he is yet to be granted full Israeli citizenship and has reportedly turned down the chance to play for the country of his birth.

Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor is also not on the final squad for the 2008 Nations Cup qualifier. Agbonlahor has already featured for the England Under-21 team.

Middlesbrough striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni will also not be part of the match against the Cranes of Uganda as he is serving a one match ban after two bookings in the series thus far.

Nigeria's 'Super Eagles' lead Group Three of the qualifying tournament with six points from two matches while Uganda are two points behind after they held Niger to a draw in their last game. Lesotho are the other team in the group.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Bnei-Yehuda/ISR), Austin Ejide (Bastia/FRA), Dele Aiyenugba (Enyimba), Chijoke Ejiogu (Dolphins)

Defenders: Celestine Babayaro (Newcastle/ENG), Rabiu Afolabi (Sochaux/FRA), Isaac Okoronkwo (FC Moscow/RUS), Taye Taiwo (Olympique Marseille/FRA), Joseph Yobo (Everton/ENG), Obinna Nwaneri (FC Sion/SWI), Joseph Enakarhire (Bordeaux/FRA)

Midfielders: Sani Kaita (Sparta Rotterdam/NED), Mikel Obi (Chelsea/ENG), Seyi Olofinjana (Wolverhampton/ENG), Yusuf Ayila (Dynamo Kiev/UKR), Christian Obodo (Udinese/ITA), Austin Igado (Lobi Stars), Paul Obiefule (Viborg/DEN), Chinedu Ezimora (Nasarawa United)

Strikers: Osaze Odemwingie (Lille/FRA), Nwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth/ENG), Obafemi Martins (Inter/ITA), Ayodele Makinwa (Lazio/ITA), Junior Osagie (Enyimba)

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Fay(Katy, Texas, US)says...

Actually translates to bravehearted.