Injured Mikel named in Nigeria squad

LAGOS - Chelsea's injured midfielder John Obi Mikel has been included in Nigeria's squad for their final World Cup qualifier away to Kenya on November 14. While Everton duo Joseph Yobo and Yakubu, Hull City midfielder Seyi Olofinjana, Bolton Wanderers defender Danny Shittu and Portsmouth striker Kanu were also named in the 23-man squad. Nigeria trail Tunisia by two points in their group and must win in Nairobi to stand any chance of qualifying.

Obi Mikel, who last played for Chelsea at the end of September, has an ankle injury and was not included in the club's squad for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid.

Nigeria coach Shaibu Amodu has recalled Russian-based defender Chidi Odiah and Brugge striker Joseph Akpala to the squad released by the country's football association.


Goalkeepers: Dele Aiyenugba (FC Beni Yehuda), Greg Etafia (Moroka Swallows), Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv)

Defenders: Dele Adeleye (Sparta Rotterdam), Onyekachi Apam (OG Nice), Elderson Echieljile (Stade Rennes), Obinna Nwaneri (FC Sion), Chidi Odiah (CSKA Moscow), Daniel Shittu (Bolton Wanderers), Taye Taiwo (Olympique Marseille), Joseph Yobo (Everton)

Midfielders: Olufemi Ajilore (FC Groningen), Yusuf Ayila (Dinamo Kiev), Sani Kaita (Lokomotiv Moscow), John Obi Mikel (Chelsea), Seyi Olofinjana (Hull City)

Forwards: Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Everton), Joseph Akpala (FC Brugge), Michael Eneramo (Esperance), Nwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth), Obafemi Martins (Wolfsburg) Obinna Nsofor (Inter Milan), Peter Odemwingie (Lokomotiv Moscow)