Nigeria name Confed squad

Nigeria have named their 22-man squad to participate at the 2013 Confederations Cup, which kicks off on Saturday in Brazil.

The Nigerians, who will all but secure themselves a place in the final round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers with a win over Namibia on Wednesday, have been drawn in the same group as Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti.

The Super Eagles booked their place in the competition by virtue of having won the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year in South Africa.

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel will be Stephen Keshi's go-to-player, but the 'Big Boss' is unable to call upon the Blues link-man's club team-mate Victor Moses due to injury.

Also set to miss trip to South America is Emmanuel Emenike, with the Spartak Moscow hitman sidelined with a knee problem suffered towards the close of the club season.

Nigeria Confederations Cup squad:

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille), Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be'er Sheva), Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers)

Defenders: Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars Akure), Uwa Echiejile (SC Braga), Efe Ambrose (Celtic), Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves), Benjamin Francis (Heartland Owerri), Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag)

Midfielders: John Ogu (Academica Coimbra), Ideye Brown (Dynamo Kiev), John Obi Mikel (Chelsea), Fegor Ogude (Valerenga), Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio), Emeka Eze (Enugu Rangers), Sunday Mba (Warri Wolves)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Joseph Akpala (Werder Bremen), Muhammed Gambo (Kano Pillars), Anthony Ujah (Cologne), Michael Babatunde (Kryvbas Kryvyi), Nnamdi Oduamadi (Varese)