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Nigeria coach names John Obi Mikel after recovery from injury in time for World Cup.

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Nigeria have included no10 Mikel in their squad after he recovered from injury [EPA]

Nigeria named six players with World Cup experience in their final 23-man squad for this month’s tournament in South Africa.

Nwankwo Kanu will captain the side at his third World Cup.

Coach Lars Lagerback, who made his choice after just two games in charge, also included Rabiu Afolabi, Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide, John Utaka and Joseph Yobo from the squad that took part in the 2002 finals.

The Swede cut Everton’s Victor Anichebe and winger Ike Uche, who was Nigeria’s top performer in the qualifiers, from his preliminary squad.

Also left out was Nice defender Onyekachi Apam, who had not been able to train over the last two weeks because of a knee injury.

But Lagerback did include Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel who has returned from knee surgery.

Goalkeepers:

Dele Aiyenugba (Bnei Yehuda), Austin Ejide (Hapoel Petah Tikvah), Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv).

Group B fixtures

Saturday June 12

undefined Argentina v Nigeria 
undefined South Korea v Greece 

Thursday June 17

undefined Greece v Nigeria 
undefined Argentina v South Korea 

Tuesday June 22

undefined Nigeria v South Korea 
undefined Greece v Argentina

Defenders:

Dele Adeleye (Sparta Rotterdam), Rabiu Afolabi (Red Bull Salzburg), Elderson Echiejile (Stade Rennes), Chidi Odiah (CSKA Moscow), Danny Shittu (Bolton Wanderers), Taye Taiwo (Olympique Marseille), Joseph Yobo (Everton).

Midfielders:

Yusuf Ayila (Dynamo Kiev), Dickson Etuhu (Fulham), Sani Kaita (Alania Vladikavhaz), Nwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth), Haruna Lukman (Monaco), John Obi Mikel (Chelsea), Kalu Uche (Almeria), John Utaka (Portsmouth).

Strikers:

Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Everton), Obafemi Martins (VfL Wolfsburg), Obinna Nsofor (Malaga), Chinedu Obasi (Hoffenheim), Peter Odemwingie (Lokomotiv Moscow).

Source: News Agencies