Super Eagles Call Up Excites NPFL Sensation Ishaq Rafiu


In the wake of the disappointment of failing to qualify for Qatar2022, the NFF released a list of invited players for two international friendlies for the Super Eagles, against Mexico in May and the National Team of Ecuador in June with both games taking place in the USA.

On the list is Rivers United sensation Ishaq Rafiu and the current highest goal scorer in the NPFL with 14 goals so far. And he has expressed his delight and excitement over his maiden Super Eagles call up.

The forward who has been in scintillating form says “I am excited to be called up to the Super Eagles squad for the friendly games against Mexico and Ecuador”.

Ishaq who has been instrumental to Rivers United exploit this season affirms that the invitation for him, “is a dream come true and a rare opportunity to wear the national colour as well”.


He however was full of gratitude to the management and players of his club.

“I am grateful to Rivers United management, technical crew and my teammates for their support”.

The friendly against the El Tri of Mexico would come up on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at the AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas.

While the Super Eagles would trade tackle with Ecuador’s National Team on the 2nd of June, 2022 in New Jersey, USA.

Below is the full list of the invited players for the international friendly games.


GOALKEEPERS: Maduka Okoye, Adewale Adeyinka, Ojo Olorunleke

DEFENDERS: William Ekong, Leon Balogun, Ola Aina, Isa Ali, Semi Ajayi, Zaidu Sanusi, Shehu Abdullahi, Calvin Bassey, Chidozie Awaziem.

MIDFIELDERS: Joe Aribo, Alex Iwobi, Oghenekaro Otebo, Babatunde Nosiru, Azubike Ikechukwu, Chiamaka Madu, Samson Tijani, Alhassan Yusuf

FOWARDS: Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze, Cyriel Desser, Sadiq Umar, Samuel Dennis, Ademola Lookman, Rafiu Ishaq.