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Mikel Starts Vs Zimbabwe, Chukwueze, Aina, Omeruo, Akpeyi, Also In Starting Lineup

Mikel Starts Vs Zimbabwe,  Chukwueze, Aina, Omeruo,  Akpeyi,  Also In Starting Lineup

Super Eagles will line-up in a 4-3-3 formation in today’s friendly encounter against the Warriors of Zimbabwe with captain of the side, John Mikel Obi making his first start for the team since the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, reports Completesports.com.

Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi will start in goal ahead of regular first choice Francis Uzoho and the injured Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

The quartet of Ola Aina, Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun and Jamilu Collins will line up in the defence.

Mikel will be partnered in midfield by Stoke City midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi.

Head coach of the side, Gernot Rohr has opted for the trio of Samuel Chukwueze, Samuel Kalu and Paul Onuachu upfront.

The friendly encounter is billed for the Stephen Keshi Stadium at 6pm Nigerian time.

Rohr is expected to name his final 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt after today’s game.

Super Eagles Starting Lineup Vs Zimbabwe

Daniel Akpeyi
Ola Aina
Jamilu Collins
Leon Balogun
Kenneth Omeruo
Oghenekaro Etebo
John Obi Mikel
Alex Iwobi
Samuel Chukwueze
Samuel Kalu
Paul Onuachu

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • josh 1 year ago

    nice line up

  • Why do I have this feeling Rohr plans to drop Osimhen or Onuachu tomorrow to make room for Iheanacho? Since he’s hinted he’ll making his 2 cuts in the attack and defence — and his attack is made of Ighalo, Onuachu, Osimhen. Does Iheanacho have a big godfather?

    • soldout 1 year ago

      I heard NFF chairman on TVC that dropping Iheanacho will kill his moral. I do not agree with the assertion though.

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  • Empire 1 year ago

    If Rohr drops Osimhen for Iheanacho that means he is not from a Nigerian indigenous coach that are known for bribery. Current form counts in the game of soccer. Iheanacho and Awaziem should be dropped from the team…. 

  • Ndubuisi 1 year ago

    Osimhen with what he did in Belgium in just ended season cannot be dropped. Granted he’s just coming to the team but he has convinced all he’s here to stay. Instead of osimhen simon moses will be dropped. Watch out

    • Sintali 1 year ago

      This man will drop Moses Simon. He integral part of his team. But I believenhe intend to drop Osimhen which is not going to acceptable to Nigerian fans. Very unfortunate.

  • mutum 1 year ago

    if we no score up to 4 with this squad,we should forget about afcon trophy.#seesqaud

  • Club form does not always translate into SE for or national team form.

    Remember Richard Owobokiri v Rashidi Yakini?
    Remember players like Karibe Ojigwe, Jonny Akpoborio, Benedict Akwuegbu etc?

    Iheanacho my just have an edge over some of his rivals in the attack.
    Agterall Musa who was not playing in Leicester was a hero CSk Mosco and now a celebrity in Saudi.

    If Iheanacho was in Turkey, Belgium or Denmark he would probably be a super star too..

    Lets allow the SE camp performance be the yard stick.

    He is still our number one free kick taker after all.

  • Barth 1 year ago

    My own opinion, I think iheanacho has an edge over Osimhen in super eagle for now. As it stands, Rohr can’t take 3 top 9 along, ighalo, Onuachu and Osimhen. Iheanacho can strike and play attacking midfield on a good day. Don’t forget he is good in taking free kicks from dangerous zones. I guess Rohr’s stick may fall on Osimhen and Semi Ajayi.

  • ubah 1 year ago

    My main fear is the keeper,akpeyi is a calamity,minus him the rest are our best,kudos to the coach,but plz drop iheanacho and awaziim

  • Omo9ja 1 year ago

    Na look me I dey look. Don’t be afraid my people, miracle go shele abi no be so ni? I wouldn’t be surprised if Paul Onuachu or Osimeh bn dropped because I have told you people before now.

    90 percent of Nigerians doesn’t care about our football. All they are looking for is (Oyinbo) white coach.

    Akpeyi in goal is going to be interesting to watch. I wish the coach and the team best of luck. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Barth 1 year ago

    Pls which link can I watch Nigeria vs Zimbabwe match?. Can anybody who knows tell me pls.

  • If club performances is jettisoned for past record den I wil no dat there is fire on d mountain. All those boys dat ve not be playing for theit clubs in d various league should be withdrawn from d team .