Who’s lucky to start or out is still a doubt in the Super Eagles of Nigeria squad ahead of their first leg fixture against the Black Stars of Ghana at Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi today.
A lot of professional stars have been called to the National team and based on coach Augustine Eguavoen’s previous matches, there is a fair idea, this will be his probable lineup ahead of today’s encounter with the Black Stars of Ghana.
Shot-stopper Maduka Okoye is the first team choice for Coach Eguavoen however he has contracted Covid-19, which shifts attention to Omonia Nicosia stopper Francis Uzoho to guide the post ahead of Daniel Akpeyi and John Noble.
Uzoho will be covered by Watford star William Troost-Ekong and Leganes Kenneth Omeruo at the heart of the defense whilst Torino Ola Aina and Porto Zaidu Sanusi take down the fullbacks due to their franchise this season in their respective clubs. Jamilu Collins, Calvin Bassey, Olisha Ndah, Semi Ajayi, Tyronne Ebuehi, Leon Balogun, and Chidozie Awaziem look likely to infiltrate later in the match.
Leicester City midfield master-mind Wilfred Ndidi is out of the squad due to injury which pave way for Huesca Kelechi Nwakali to pair undisputed Rangers star Joe Aribo in the defensive midfield unit. With 7-goals and 5-assists in the Scottish league, Aribo will be making a swing to the third-half of the pitch in an attempt to support the attackers. Shehu Abdullahi and Oghenekaro Etobo all tend to make an appearance halfway through the game.
Super Eagles’ best player in AFCON, Moses Simon will be starred in the attacking role partnering Villarreal Samuel Chukwueze. Moses Simon have been a revelation for Nantes in France Ligue 1 involving 10-goals as of this season which shows how troubles he can cause the Black Stars. Likewise, Chukwueze he haven’t had enough minutes in the Spanish Capital but looks like the ideal pair due to his speed limit, quickness, dribbling ability, and eye for goal.
Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa, Henry Onyekuru, Chidera Ejuku, Frank Onyeka, and Peter Olayinka all stand a chance to make their way in the squad later.
Napoli’s 11-goals star man Victor Osimhen will lead the team paired with 19-goals Al-Hilal Saudi hero Odion Ighalo.
Ademola Lookman, Kelechi Iheanacho, Emmanuel Dennis, Paul Onuachu, Umar Sadiq, Taiwo Awoniyi all tend to make their way later in the match.
This system gives Coach Augustine Eguavoen two options in formation, the 4-4-2 or 4-2-2-2. What will be Eguavoen likely men to start today’s game?.