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Cole and Ola get Nigeria call

SoccerNews in World Cup 5 Aug 2008

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West Ham striker Carlton Cole was on Tuesday called up for Nigeria's World Cup qualifier away to South Africa next month.

Cole, whose father is Nigerian, has yet to be capped by Nigeria.

The other uncapped player in the 20-man squad for the tie, which also serves as a 2010 Africa Nations Cup qualifier, is Italy-based defender Daniel Ola.

Watford defender Danny Shittu and Obafemi Martins of Newcastle have been recalled after they were left out of the team's campaign in June due to injury.

Nigeria are top of Group Four that also includes Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea with the maximum 12 points from four matches.

The full squad:

Goalkeepers: Dele Ayenugba (Bnei Yehuda/ISR), Greg Etafia (Moroka Swallows/RSA)

Defenders: Joseph Yobo (Everton/ENG), Danny Shittu (Watford/ENG), Chidi Odiah (CSKA Moscow/RUS), Yusuf Mohammed (Al Hilal/SUD), Daniel Ola (Cesena/ITA), Obinna Nwaneri (FC Sion/SWI), Taye Taiwo (Marseille/FRA)

Midfielders: Seyi Olofinjana (Stoke City/ENG), Kalu Uche (Almeria/SPA), John Mikel Obi (Chelsea/ENG), Lukman Haruna (Monaco/FRA), Yusuf Ayila (Dynamo Kiev/UKR)

Strikers: Emmanuel Okoduwa (Dynamo Kiev/UKR), John Utaka (Portsmouth/ENG), Carlton Cole (West Ham/ENG), Obafemi Martins (Newcastle/ENG), Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Everton/ENG), Nwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth/ENG)

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