MTNFootball.com has again scooped that Osaze and Ideye, who were both not considered for Nigeria qualifiers in June, will on Thursday be named among the Europe-based stars for the 2013 Nations Cup clash on September 8 in Monrovia.
A top team official informed MTNFootball.com: “Keshi wants more fire power and so the recall of both Osaze and Brown (Ideye).”
Osaze got off to a flying start with a penalty goal for his English club West Bromwich Albion against Liverpool at the weekend, while Ideye has been in fine form in front of goal for his Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev both in the UEFA Champions League and the league.
Other foreign-based pros for the Liberia clash are Mikel Obi, Elderson Echiejile, Vincent Enyeama, Victor Moses, Ahmed Musa, Austin Ejide, Ike Uche, Obiora Nwankwo, Efe Ambrose and skipper Joseph Yobo.
MTNFootball.com has already revealed that Chelsea midfielder Mikel is staging a return to the national team even though coach Stephen Keshi still has reservations about how the player will cope on the artificial pitch in Liberia.
Yobo, who was sidelined by injury for the team’s June qualifiers, will return to lead the team to battle after he has sorted out his club future by joining Turkish giants Fenerbahce on a permanent deal from EPL side Everton.
“With his transfer issues sorted out now, Joseph Yobo is expected to return. And being that the team is playing away, the thinking of the coach is to bring in players that would add bite to the team up front,” stated a top Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) official.
The foreign pros will in the week leading to the match join up with players from the Nigeria Premier League, who resumed training on Monday in Abuja.