His good form has been rewarded by Super Eagles boss Rohr who included him in his 30-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Nigeria's Kelechi Iheanacho (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring the team's first goal during an global friendly football match between Argentina and Nigeria in Krasnodar on November 14, 2017.
Nigeria's manager, Gernot Rohr, has released his 30-man provisional shortlist for the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.
GOALKEEPERS: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United), Francis Uzoho, (Deportivo de La Coruna) and Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United).
Defenders: William Troost Ekong, Leon Balogun, Chidera Eze, Chidozie Awaziem, Kenneth Omeruo, Shehu Abdullahi, Tyrone Ebuhehi, Ola Aina, Elderson Echejile, Brian Idowu, Efe Ambrose.
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The Midfielders includes: Mikel Obi (Captain), Joel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel Agu, Etebo Oghenekaro, John Ogu, Uche Ago and Wilfred Ndidi. But the players who brought us to the World Cup without any defeat are the first choice now.
Surprise invitee Lokosa now leads the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) goalscorers chat with 18 goals, recording his most recent goals in Kano Pillar's 3-1 victory over Kaduna United on Sunday.
"It clearly shows that the Nigerian leagues are all growing and producing quality players capable of shouldering worldwide responsibility for the country, " he added.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will regroup for the second time this year when they begin preparations for the World Cup in Russian Federation with a friendly game against DR Congo.