Super Eagles Technical adviser Gernot Rohr will tweak his starting line up ahead of tonight’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification game against Algeria in Constantine.
After several withdrawals due to injuries to players and late arrivals of some players, the Franco-German coach will give opportunity to John Ogu and Oghenekaro Etebo to start after a long time, Anthony Nwakaeme is in line to make his debut.
Naijafootballplus.com sources in Constantine disclosed captain John Mikel Obi will be rested and Leon Balogun has been named as the team captain for the game tonight.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa retains his shirt in the starting line up with Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Francis Uzoho listed on the bench.
Shehu Abdullahi who was voted ‘Man Of the Match’ against Zambia in Uyo will start his fifth consecutive Super Eagles game. Balogun will pair Troost Ekong in central defence while Ola Aina will play from left back.
Wilfred Ndidi, Ogu and Etebo completes the three man midfield, while Nwakaeme gets his first Super Eagles game in the attack. Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho will complete the front-three.
The Fennecs will host the Super Eagles in a dead rubber game at the Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui from 8.30pm Nigeria time.
Super Eagles probable starting XI vs Algeria
Ezenwa – Shehu, Balogun, Ekong, Aina – Ndidi, Ogu, Etebo – Iwobi, Nwakaeme, Iheanacho.