Football – Yakin gave the names of its 25 players, including Okafor

Switzerland coach Murat Yakin has unveiled a list of 25 names for the two upcoming matches against Italy in Rome (November 12) and Bulgaria in Lucerne (November 15), which are decisive for the UEFA Cup qualification. world 2022 in Qatar.

The main news is the appeal of Noah Okafor, more than two years after his one and only selection with the white cross jersey. The hope of RB Salzburg had taken part in the last minutes of the small final of the League of Nations 2019 against England. His recent performances, including the double registered at La Tuilière with the Under-21 Nati against the Netherlands, have not gone unnoticed. « Noah has been talked about in the last matches with the Under-21s and at the club, » said Yakin, who was speaking on Friday in Tenero, in front of the upcoming nuggets of Swiss football.

Injured Granit Xhaka and Haris Seferovic, as well as strikers Albian Ajeti and Cedric Itten, who are not on the list, will not be present against Italy and Bulgaria. “We intend to analyze the opponent in all positions. We know our own qualities and have earned respect with four games without conceding a goal and also with the first leg in Basel against Italy. In Rome, we have a real chance to take an important step towards qualifying for the World Cup, during this small final, ”the coach said.

The Nati will meet on Monday, in Lugano, to prepare for these two deadlines. Two training sessions will be open to the public (Monday at 5 p.m. and Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.).

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