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I feel like a bit of fool this afternoon. Remember when I mused about how Dickson Etuhu’s continued absence from the Nigerian squad could bring plenty of benefits for Fulham with the African Nations Cup around the corner? Well, Amodu Shuaibu has swallowed his pride and selected Dickson for the tournament which gets underway in Angola on January 10.

Nigeria have been drawn in Group C alongside Egypt, Mozambique and Benin. They kick off their campaign against Egypt on January 12, face Benin four days later and conclude their group programme against Mozambique on January 20.

NIGERIA SQUAD FOR THE AFRICAN NATIONS CUP

GOALKEEPERS: Vincent Enyeama, Bamidele Aiyenugba, Austin Ejide, Greg Etafia.

DEFENDERS: Taiye Taiwo, Elderson Echiejile, Onyekachi Apam, Obinna Nwaneri, Danny Shittu, Joseph Yobo, Dele Adeleye, Chidi Odiah, Yussuf Mohammed, Olubayo Adefemi, Chibuzor Okonkwo.

MIDFIELDERS: Sanni Kaita, Dickson Etuhu, Seyi Olofinjana, John Obi Mikel, Kanu Nwankwo, Yussuf Ayila, Kalu Uche, Femi Ajilore.

ATTACKERS: Osaze Odemwingie, Obafemi Martins, Chinedu Obasi, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Joseph Akpala, Micheal Eneramo, Obinna Nsofor.