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Revealed- Super Eagles Players Jersey Number For AFCON 2021, Nwakali Picks Mentor’s Shirt Number

The Confederation of African Football has revealed the shirt numbers the Super Eagles will be wearing at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Watford loanee Maduka Okoye will be wearing the number 1 kit, suggesting that he is the first choice goalkeeper at the tournament in Cameroon, while Daniel Akpeyi, Francis Uzoho and John Noble will sport the number 16, 23, 27 respectively.

The iconic number ten shirt which is usually reserved for the star player in a team will be worn by Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo.

The number was previously worn by John Obi Mikel, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, Henry Nwosu and Friday Ekpo at previous tournaments.

Ola Aina, Jamilu Collins, William Troost-Ekong, Ahmed Musa, Henry Onyekuru, Moses Simon, Alex Iwobi, Chidozie Awaziem and Kenneth Omeruo have retained the jersey numbers they wore at the last Africa Cup of Nations.

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and Al-Shabab striker Odion Ighalo will adorn the number 4 and 9 respectively, same kit numbers they wore at the back of their jerseys at AFCON 2019.

2015 U17 World Cup-winning captain Kelechi Nwakali will play his first senior national team tournament for Nigeria wearing jersey number 25, the club number of his mentor Kanu Nwankwo for the majority of his career although he uses jersey number 4 for Nigeria back then while Samuel Chukwueze is the number 17.

The full squad numbers for Nigeria at AFCON 2021 are below :

1.Maduka Okoye
2.Ola Aina
3.Jamilu Collins
4.Wilfred Ndidi
5.William Troost Ekong
6.Semi Ajayi
7.Ahmed Musa
8.Frank Onyeka
9.Odion Ighalo
10.Joe Aribo
11. Henry Onyekuru
12. Zaidu Sanusi
13. Chidera Ejuke
14. Kelechi Iheanacho
15. Moses Simon
16. Daniel Akpeyi
17. Samuel Chukwueze
18. Alex Iwobi
19. Taiwo Awoniyi
20. Chidozie Awaziem
21. Tyrone Ebuehi
22. Kenneth Omeruo
23. Francis Uzoho
24. Sadiq Umar
25. Kelechi Nwakali
26. Olisa Ndah
27. John Noble
28. Peter Olayinka

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