Divine Nwachukwu, a player from Bendel Insurance, expressed his joy after being called up for the Super Eagles’ 2023 AFCON qualifier with Sierra Leone. On Friday, head coach Jose Peseiro unveiled his 23-man squad for the match-day fixture in Monrovia, Liberia, on Sunday, 18 June. Nwachukwu was one of four home-based players invited for the trip to Liberia. The other three players invited were goalkeepers Victor Sochima (Rivers United); Olorunleke Ojo (Enyimba FC); and Rivers United defender Ebube Duru.
Reacting to his call-up, Nwachukwu thanked his club Bendel Insurance, his family, and fans for their support. “Glad to have made it to the national team Super Eagles squad for the AFCON qualifying match against Sierra Leone,” the midfielder wrote on Twitter. “Thanks to my people at Bendel Insurance, to my family and fans across the world. Let’s keep flying together.”
Nwachukwu is currently featuring for Bendel Insurance at the NPL Super Six playoffs in Lagos. He is expected to be in action for Insurance when they face Rivers United on Friday, the match-day of the NPL playoffs.
The Super Eagles are top of their 2023 AFCON qualification group with nine points out of four matches, followed by Guinea Bissau who have seven points. Sierra Leone are on five points. Sao Tome and Principe, who play the Super Eagles on the final day of the qualifiers in September, are bottom with only one point.
The Super Eagles’ 23-man squad for Sierra Leone game includes Adebayo Adeleye (Hapoel Jerusalem, Israel); Victor Sochima (Rivers United); Olorunleke Ojo (Enyimba FC); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Calvin Bassey (Ajax FC, The Netherlands); Kevin Akpoguma (TSG Hoffenheim, Germany); Chidiebube Duru (Rivers United); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); Bright Osayi-Samuel (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Southampton FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Divine Nwachukwu (Bendel Insurance); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Moses Simon (Nantes FC, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Ademola Lookman (Atalanta FC, Italy); Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy); Taiwo Awoniyi (Nottingham Forest, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); and Ahmed Musa (Sivasspor K, Turkey).