Nigerians are to have a glimpse of what to expect from the Super Eagles at the World Cup in Russia next month as the three-time African champions take on Democratic Republic of Congo in a tune-up game this afternoon at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
The send forth match is expected to be full of fireworks as every player on Gernot Rohr’s 30-man provisional squad want to impress for a chance to make Nigeria’s final list of 23 players for the Mundial in Russia.
Apart from star player Yannick Bolasie who missed the trip here, the two-time African champions are loaded to the hilt with their big-name performers.
MEANWHILE, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has already made up his mind on the eleven players that will start Monday’s pre-World Cup friendly against Democratic Republic of Congo.
The German tactician divided the team into two groups at the end of the physical exercises for a training game between Team A and Team B.
In the team wearing green jerseys were goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, right back Tyronne Ebuehi, central defenders William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun, midfielders Eddy Onazi, Joel Obi and Oghenekaro Etebo, while Kelechi Iheanacho, Junior Lokosa and Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo played upfront.
Rohr has revealed that he will stick with these aforementioned players or the Team B for today’s game because most of the players did not have enough game time for their respective clubs in the recently concluded season.
Indeed, Iheanacho started only seven matches from a possible 38 in the Premier League, Simy made only 11 starts, Joel Obi missed Torino’s last five matches due to fitness concerns and Troost-Ekong found himself out of favour in Bursaspor’s last six games in the Super Lig as a result of a change in coach.