LAGOS, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Nigeria have recalled John Obi Mikel for their Aug. 22 friendly against Macedonia barely two months after the Chelsea midfielder was banned from international matches for disciplinary reasons.
The 20-year-old was suspended after he skipped Nigeria's African Nations Cup qualifier in Uganda on June 3 and failed to report to camp for an Under-23 Olympics qualifier against Ghana later in the month.
The Nigerian FA said Mikel, who last played for the Super Eagles in March, was pardoned after he apologised to the soccer authorities and Nigeria's German coach Berti Vogts.
'Mikel has given us a letter of apology and the coach must have accepted it to have recalled him to the team,' a spokesman for the NFA said on Thursday.
CSKA Moscow defender Chidi Odiah, who has been out of the Super Eagles squad since the 2006 African Nations Cup in Egypt because of injuries, was invited for the friendly in Skopje, the Macedonian capital.
The 21-man squad, containing eight players with English clubs, also includes uncapped striker Ikechukwu Uche, who plays for Spanish club Getafe.
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Austin Ejide (Bastia), Dele Aiyenugba (Bnei Yehuda).
Defenders: Chidi Odiah (CSKA Moscow), Joseph Yobo (Everton), Taye Taiwo (Marseille), Obinna Nwaneri (FC Sion), Danny Shittu (Watford), Mutiu Adegoke (Asec Mimosa), Rabiu Afolabi (Sochaux).
Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Chelsea), Seyi Olofinjana (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Paul Obiefule (Lyn Oslo), Onyekachi Okonkwo (FC Zurich).
Forwards: Nwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth), Obafemi Martins (Newcastle), Yakubu Ayegbeni (Middlesbrough), Osaze Odemwingie (Lokomotiv Moscow), John Utaka (Portsmouth), Ayodele Makinwa (Lazio), Ikechukwu Uche (Getafe).