Gernot Rohr has decided to start Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi as he will lead a strong starting XI that also has Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Moses, Ahmed Musa and Odion Ighalo as Nigeria will be looking to win against Tanzania today.
This afternoon’s AFCON qualifier in Uyo is inconsequential but it will help Coach Gernot Rohr to ascertain the fitness of his players as he prepares for next month’s World Cup qualifier in Zambia.
Musa Mohammed will make his official Super Eagles debut after he played in two friendlies for the team against Mali and Luxembourg in May,he will play in Right back for the team.
Rio Olympics star William Troost-Ekong will try to build an understanding in the middle of the defence with Germany-based Leon Balogun.
Kano Pillars central defender Jamiu Alimi and FC IfeanyiUbah goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa are the only players from the domestic league on the match day squad and they will both start from the bench.
The full team list against Tanzania;
Carl Ikeme – Musa Mohammed, Elderson Echiejile, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun – Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel Obi (Skipper), Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Moses – Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa
Subs: Nosa Igiebor,Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Jamiu Alimi, Shehu Abdullahi, Wilfred Ndidi, Brown Ideye, Moses Simon