NFF fires Super Eagles technical team

Ghana’s caretaker coach Otto Addo has named his 27-man squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.
The two West African heavyweights are due to face off in the first leg at Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Friday and the return leg in Nigeria on Tuesday.
Among the players included in the squad are defender Daniel Amartey, who plays for Leicester City in England, midfielder Iddrisu Baba of RCD Mallorca and his Arsenal counterpart Thomas Partey.
Captain Andre Ayew is out due to the red card he received in the recent Africa Cup of Nations final in Cameroon.
Goalkeeper Joseph Wollacott is expected to start ahead of Orlando Pirates keeper Richard Ofori, while Gideon Mensah could muster the defense alongside Amartey.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew is hoping to lead the line.
The Black Stars are aiming to perform well in the final round of the World Cup qualifiers after a poor outing at AFCON, where they were knocked out in the group stage after failing to win a game.
The full team roster includes,
Goalkeepers: Joseph Wollacott (Swindon Town – England), Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (KAS Eupen – Belgium), Lawrence Ati Zigi (St Gallen – Switzerland), Richard Ofori (Orlando Pirates – South Africa).
Defenders: Denis Odoi (FC Bruges -Belgium), Andy Yiadom (Reading FC -England), Gideon Mensah (Bordeaux -France), Dennis Korsah (Hearts of Oak -Ghana), Montari Kamaheni (Ashdod FC -Israel), Daniel Amartey ( Leicester City -England), Joseph Aidoo (Bordeaux -France), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg -France), Abdul Mumin (Victoria Guimaraes -Portugal).
Midfielders: Iddrisu Baba (RCD Mallorca -Spain), Edmund Addo (FC Sherif -Moldova), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax Amsterdam -Holland), Elisha Owusu (KAA Gent -Belgium), Thomas Partey (Arsenal -England), Daniel Kofi Kyereh (FC St. Pauli -Germany).
Wingers: Issahaku Abdul Fatawu (Sporting CP -Portugal), Osman Bukari (FC Nantes -France), Joseph Paintsil (KRC Gent -Belgium), Yaw Yeboah (Columbus Crew -USA).
Forwards: Felix Afena Gyan (AS Roma – Italy), Christopher Antwi-Adjei (VFL Bochum), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace – England), Kwasi Wriedt (Holstein Kiel – Germany)
Meanwhile, Nigeria have suffered a blow ahead of the 2022 World Cup qualifying play-offs with Maduka Okoye ruled out through illness.
According to a statement made available to journalists by the Football Federation of Nigeria, the Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper is ill and will not be available against the Black Stars in Kumasi.
Meanwhile, coach Augustine Eguavoen has invited Enyimba goalkeeper John Noble as a replacement, while Cyprus-based Francis Uzoho is now in pole position to hold the goalposts against the West Africans. .
Noble was one of four goalkeepers who were on the list of three-time African champions for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Okoye’s absence will be a massive setback for the country’s preparations due to his impressive performances for his Dutch Eredivisie side.
For former Nigeria international Mutiu Adepoju, the news has not shaken his faith in Nigeria’s ability to qualify for the World Cup and is optimistic about the ability of Eguavoen’s men.
“There is no need to be alarmed man. The Super Eagles will always get the job done because we have the quality. #SoarEagles,” the former Real Madrid player tweeted in response to a tweet confirming the development .
In a related development, 18 of the 25 invited players arrived at the Wells Carlton Hotel and Apartments.
Expected later yesterday were Victor Osimhen from Napoli, Zaidu Sanusi, Akinkunmi Amoo, Samuel Chukwueze and Sadiq Umar from Almeria.
Leicester City’s Ademola Lookman was charged to join the rest of the squad this morning.
Friday’s first leg will be the 58th meeting between the two countries at senior level.