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Midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo is poised to be recalled back to the Super Eagles squad for the forthcoming friendly against Portugal in Lisbon, our correspondent has reliably gathered.

Etebo last played and scored in the Eagles record 10-0 win over Sao Tome & Principe in June but missed the friendly against Algeria in September due to his inactiveness at club level.

However, the 26-year-old has since sorted out his club career as he is now playing regular first-team football at Greek club Aris Saloniki, after a difficult time in England with Stoke City and Watford.

The Olympic bronze medalist, who has been capped 44 times and has three goals at international level, is expected to be joined by Southampton midfielder Joe Aribo, who asked to be excused from the Eagles 2-1 loss to Algeria in September.

It was also learnt that Rivers United left-back Ebube Duru and goalkeeper Victor Sochima also made the team for the high-profile friendly.

In-form Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, will lead the Eagles attack in the encounter barring any last-minute injury, while the likes of Alex Iwobi, captain Ahmed Musa, William Troost-Ekong, Moses Simon, Ademola Lookman and Wilfred Ndidi are expected to feature as well.

Meanwhile, The General Secretary of the Nigerian Football Federation, Mohammed Sanusi, said Eagles coach Jose Peseiro has compiled his list of players for the upcoming international friendly against Portugal.

“We have a friendly match against Portugal coming up in Lisbon on November 17,” he said.

“Peseiro has compiled a provisional list and is only waiting for this weekend’s matches to submit his list of 23 players. We have a cordial relationship with the coach. He is doing his job and focused on his objectives.”

The Portuguese coach has recorded only two wins since he took charge of the team in May.

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