Continuous calls positioned the 35-year-old Lille's goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, in the shortlist for the World Cup, however, Rohr, arguing that he is more interested in building for the future than retracting his footsteps, made a decision to omit him.
He noted that Rohr had taken the bull by the horn by ensuring that dedicated and strong legs were marshalled out to represent Nigeria at the World finals in Russian Federation. I'm honoured to be listed in the World Cup provisional squad.
Okala, who is the longest goalkeeper for Nigeria, however, said that he was happy for the new entrants into the squad - Junior Lokosa and Simeon Nwankwo.
There were few surprises in the 30-man provisional list submitted by the Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr, in preparation for the Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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"Bearing this in mind, I make bold to tell you that the players will surprise the world and themselves at the Mundial".
The absence of Ikeme on Rohr's 30-man provisional squad to Russian Federation 2018 means that the Eagles No 1 spot is now up for grabs between four goalkeepers - Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Dele Ajiboye and Daniel Akpeyi.
China-based captain Mikel Obi leads the squad having fellow midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo, Joel Obi, Mikel Agu and Uche Agbo.
NAN reports that the Super Eagles will open its account at the World Cup on June 14 against Croatia in the city of Kaliningrad.