Bright Dike’s quest to make the final cut for Nigeria’s World Cup roster took another step in the right direction.
The Toronto FC striker is part of Nigeria head coach Stephen Keshi’s 23-man roster for the Super Eagles’ international friendly March 5 against Mexico at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. He’ll join mainstays such as Chelsea’s John Mikel Obi and captain Joseph Yobo of Norwich City for the African champions.
The 27-year-old Oklahoma native earned his second cap with Nigeria in November, scoring his first international goal in a 2-2 draw against Italy in a friendly at London's Craven Cottage.
Mexico and Nigeria have played four games all-time with a 1-0-3 record in favor of Mexico. The two teams last met in May of 2013 in an international match that ended in a 2-2 draw.
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille FC/France), Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be'er Sheva/Israel)
Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Monaco FC/France), Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC/SCO), Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor/Turkey), Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves/Nigeria), Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough FC/England), Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC/Israel), Joseph Yobo (Norwich City/England), Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars/Nigeria)
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC/England), Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio/Italy), Ramon Azeez (Almeria FC/Spain), Shehu Abdullahi (Kano Pillars FC/Nigeria), Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers/Nigeria)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow/Russia), Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United/England), Victor Moses (Liverpool FC/England), Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce FC/Turkey), Obinna Nsofor (Chievo Verona/Italy), Bright Dike (Toronto FC), Imoh Ezekiel (Standard Liege/Belgium), Michel Uchebo (Cercle Brugge/Belgium)