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Al Ahly’s Junior Ajayi on Nigeria’s standby list for 2019 AFCON

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Al Ahly’s was included in the Nigerian National team’s standby list ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), set to take place in Egypt.

were drawn in Group B alongside Burundi and Madagascar, who will be participating in the tournament for the first time in their history, as well as Guinea.

The Green Eagles released a 25-man provisional squad ahead of the upcoming AFCON, which saw the inclusion of Wilfred Ndidi and Chelsea legend John Obi Mikel.

Levante forward Moses Simon also made the cut along with Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City, and Brighton defender Leon Balogun.

They also made a six-man standby list which included Al Ahly’s Junior Ajayi. The 23-year-old made 20 appearances for the Red Devils this season, scoring on five occasions and providing one assist.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United F.C), Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs).

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino), Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Chidozie Awaziem (Rizespor), William Ekong (Udinese), Leon Balogun (Brighton& Hove Albion), Kenneth (CD Leganés), Jamilu Collins (SC Paderborn 07), Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United).

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Middlesbrough), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City), Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al-Nassr), Victor Osimhen (Charleroi), Moses Simon (Levante), Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Greenland Shenhua), Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux), Paul Onuachu (Midtjylland), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City), Samuel Chukweze (Villarreal CF).

Standby list:

Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba Aba), Brian Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow), Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba Aba), Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal), Junior Ajayi (Al Ahly), Ikouwem Utin (Maccabi Haifa.).

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