W/Cup qualifiers: Boniface, Moffi to light-up Eagles attack against Lesotho, Zimbabwe

Without the injured Victor Osimhen, the Super Eagles will be counting on goals from Taiwo Awoniyi, Victor Boniface and Terem Moffi to go past Lesotho and Zimbabwe in 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

Nigeria have named a 23-man squad without injured Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze for forthcoming 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

Both Napoli striker Osimhen and AC Mila winger Chukwueze were injured on international duty last month and are yet to recover.

Taiwo Awoniyi of Nottingham Forest, Victor Boniface from Bayer Leverkusen as well as OGC Nice striker Terem Moffi have been invited for the qualifiers.

There is a first-ever call-up for Bayer Leverkusen winger Nathan Tella.

Nigeria welcome Lesotho to Uyo on November 16, before they take on Zimbabwe in Rwanda three days later.

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South Africa, Rwanda and Benin are the other teams in their qualifying group with the overall winners automatically advancing to the 2026 World Cup to be hosted by the United States of America, Canada and Mexico.

The full squad:

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Omonia FC/CYP), Olorunleke Ojo (Enyimba FC), Maduka Okoye (Udinese Calcio/ITA)

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Nottingham Forest/ENG), Chidozie Awaziem (Boavista FC/POR), Bright Osayi-Samuel (Fenerbahce FC/TUR), Bruno Onyemaechi (Boavista FC/POR), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC/TUR), Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Calvin Bassey (Fulham FC/ENG), Jamilu Collins (Cardiff FC/WAL)

Midfielders: Raphael Onyedika (Club Brugge/BEL), Joe Ayodele-Aribo (Southampton FC/ENG), Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC/ENG), Alex Iwobi (Fulham FC/ENG)

Forwards: Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City/ENG), Sadiq Umar (Real Sociedad/SPA), Moses Simon (FC Nantes/FRA), Ademola Lookman (Atalanta FC/ITA), Nathan Tella (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Taiwo Awoniyi (Nottingham Forest/ENG), Terem Moffi (OGC Nice/FRA), Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen/GER)

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