New World Cup honour for Pompey squad
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Monday 31 May 2010 21:16:00
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Pompey will have two countries' captains at the World Cup after Kanu was, perhaps surprisingly, named as Nigeria’s skipper – an honour already bestowed on Aaron Mokoena for the hosts South Africa.

John Utaka is also in the Nigerian squad of 23, only six of whom have World Cup experience His inclusion gives Pompey half-a-dozen current Fratton squad members at the finals.


Kanu will captain the side at his third World Cup, the Nigerian Football Federation said on Monday.

Coach Lars Lagerback, who made his choice after just two games in charge, also included Rabiu Afolabi, Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide, 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.

Lagerback did include Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel whi has recently returned from knee surgery.

Mokoena will skipper South Africa, while Prince Boateng is in the Ghanaian squad, Nadir Belhadj is in the Algerians’ 23 and, of course, David James is one of three keepers bidding to be England’s No1 – all three are expected to make Fabio Capello’s final 23.

Pompey could yet sell any of Boateng, Belhadj or Utaka before the finals, although James seems set to decide his future after the tournament while Kanu and Mokoena both appear likely to remain at Fratton as long as they are prepared to accept reduced terms.

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