Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is expected to name his squad for the September 7 Cameroon 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles in Victoria on Friday.
The Super Eagles opened the Cameroon 2019 qualifying tournament with a shock 2-0 defeat by South Africa in Uyo last year.
Rohr could give new Bordeaux forward Samuel Kalu, Roma loanee Ola Aina, Galatasaray loanee Henry Onyekuru and Hibernian star Efe Ambrose an opportunity to stake claim for places in the national team by inviting them for the Victoria clash.
Rohr is said to be spending sleepless nights thinking about a replacement after 27-year-old Chelsea wingback Victor Moses’ shock retirement from international football last week.
It was learnt that the 65-year-old German manager, who has Levante new boy Moses Simon and Saudi Arabia-based Ahmed Musa as other natural wingers in his team, is considering Kalu to replace Moses.
With new Benfica right-back Tyronne Ebuehi out with a long-term injury, Aina, who failed to make the Russia 2018 World Cup squad, is said to be favourite to be invited alongside Russian-born Bryan Idowu for the Seychelles encounter.
Meanwhile, Rohr inspected the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Wednesday ahead of the country’s Cameroon 2019 qualifying clash against Libya in October.