ROAD TO RUSSIA: 10 Super Eagles Players Who Should Feature Vs Algeria

ROAD TO RUSSIA: 10 Super Eagles Players Who Should Feature Vs AlgeriaSuper Eagles Training in Uyo.

Ahead of the Super Eagles’ African qualifying Group B FIFA 2018 World Cup clash against Algeria, Completesportsnigeria.com’s JAMES AGBEREBI lists 10 players who should be considered for starting places against the North Africans as the Nigeria squad take shape for the World Cup…


Henry Onyekuru’s first invitation to the Super Eagles was in the 2-0 defeat to Bafana Bafana of South Africa in a Group E 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo in June.


But he did not feature as he was an unused substitute in the game.

He was however placed on the Eagles’ standby list in the double-header against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

Zenith Ziva

Despite not being invited for the last qualifer against Chipolopolo of Zambia, Onyekuru has not allowed it to affect his club performance for Anderlecht.

Since joining the Belgian champions on loan from Everton, Onyekuru has scored six goals in 10 league games so far.

The game against Algeria would be the perfect official debut for Onyekuru to show what he can do in fornt of goal for the Eagles.

JOHN OGU (Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Israel)

The Hapoel Beer-Sheva midfielder is yet to feature for the Super Eagles in the World Cup qualifiers despite being invited several times.

Ogu was in the squad for the games against Cameroon in both legs and against Zambia but did not see a single minute of action.

He remains a regular for Hapoel Beer-Sheva where he has scored one goal after six league games.

His last game for Hapoel was in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League home clash against FC FCSB which they lost 2-1 with him going off with a suspected knock.

With the World Cup ticket already secured, Ogu now has the opportunity to give the Eagles coaching crew something to think about in the midfield.


After making his debut in the 2-0 defeat to South Africa in June, Olanrewaju Kayode has not been considered for invitation.

Kayode showed glimpses of what he can do when he was brought on in the game against South Africa as his speed and constant harrassment of the South African defence was evident.

It would not be out of place if he is given the chance to face Algeria as he could be a revelation for the team.

And since joining newly promoted Girona in the Spanish LaLiga on loan from Manchester City, Kayode is yet to miss a game.

He has played all Girona’s eight league games so far but has not scored his first goal for the club.


Super Eagles Training in Uyo.

ANTHONY NWAKAEME (Hapoel Beer-Sheva)

Anthony Nwakaeme’s brilliant peformances in front of goal for Hapoel Beer-Sheva finally earned him an invitation to the Super Eagles.

Nwakaeme was among the 23 players invited by Gernot Rohr for the qualifiers against Cameroon in Uyo and Yaounde. He was also invited for the game against Zambia.

Unfortunately, Nwakaeme did not get the chance to play as he was an unused substitute in the games.

Making his debut against Algeria should be a near certainty as he can provide something different in the Eagles attack which has Odion Ighalo as the only out and out striker.

OLA AINA (Hapoel Beer-Sheva)

The former England junior international made his debut for Nigeria in the 1-0 win against Zambia in Uyo.

Giving a rookie his debut in such a crucial game would have stunned a lot of people but Ola Aina impressed with the little time he spent on the pitch.

A versatile defender who can play in either full-back positions, Aina will be provide good back-up especially in the right-back spot.

Against Zambia, Aina showed that he is not just all about defending as he raced forward and laid a good cutback cross which Victor Moses failed to finish off.

And the game against Algeria would be a good testing ground to really evaluate him.

MIKEL AGU (Bursaspor, Turkey)

Mikel Agu has come under serious criticism for his displays when called upon in the Super Eagles qualifiers.

Aside from the 4-0 win against Cameroon where he was not really examined properly, his performances in the games against Cameroon in Yaounde and Zambia in Uyo have not been encouraging.

But it could be argued that the nature of the games in Yaounde and Uyo ( versus Zambia) overwhelmed him hence is poor performances.

And the fact that he always get the nod whenever there is a substitution to be made in the Eagles’ midfield is an indication that the coaching crew have confidence in his ability.

Playing without any pressure, Agu should be given the chance to prove his doubters wrong one last time.

It would be surprising to note that Agu, playing for Bursaspor, made the Turkish Super League Team of the Week for last weekend, getting the highest rating of 9.3.

DELE AJIBOYE (Plateau United)

Another individual who deserves a look in for a place in the team against Algeria is Dele Ajiboye.

It is surprising that Ajiboye is just now being considered for Eagles invitation after emerging in the scene in 2007 with the Golden Eaglets.

Ajiboye was in the home-based Eagles squad that featured at this year’s West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations in Ghana, keepeing in one of the group games.

Also he helped Plateau United emerge champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League for the first time in their history.

Luckily for him, he was invited for the games against Cameroon and Zambia as one of the reserve goakeepers.

It would not be a bad idea if Ajiboye is thrust into goal against Algeria or even come in as a second half substitute to show the stuff he is made of.


The former Akwa United forward now plies his trade with Austrain top side Austria Wien.

Before signing for Austria Wien, Alhassan was invited for the Eagles’ friendlies against Corsica and Togo where he did well.

He was in the home-based team that qualified for the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) holding in Morocco.

Alhassan proved that he can be lethal in front of goal as he scored 12 goals for Akwa before joining Austria Wien.

And since joining Austria Wien, Alhassan has made four appearances, scoring one goal so far.

The lanky forward should be considered for a callup as he has shown in the past that he has a lot to contribute to the team.

KENNETH OMERUO (Kasimpasa, Turkey)

Since his last appearance in the 3-1 win against Algeria in Uyo, Kenneth Omeruo has not featured for the Super Eagles again in any competitive game.

Omeruo was invited for the game against Bafana Bafana of South Africa but did not play in the game.

Despite not being invited for subsequent national team games, Omeruo has been regular for his Turkish club Kasimpasa, appearing in five of their nine league games this season.

The Algeria match is the perfect opportunity to give the centre-back another opportunity.


Kenneth Omeruo in action for Super Eagles.

OGHENEKARO ETEBO (Feirense, Portugal)

Oghenekaro Etebo’s last appearances for the Super Eagles were in the 2-0 defeat to South Africa in the 2019 AFCON qualifier and against Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in the 1-1 draw in Yaounde in a Russia 2018 qualifier.

At Feirense, Etebo is yet to miss any of Portuguese top flight game as he has appeared in all the club’s nine this season, scoring three goals.

completesports classifieds

Fastest Paying Betting Site in Nigeria: Grab your 140% First Time Deposit Bonus Now — www.Sportybet.Com

Copyright © 2021 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.



  • Cyriel dessers of FC utrecht of holland. Better goal scorer.

  • Paul Onuachu of Fc Midtjland of Denmark and Henry Onyekuru of Anderlecht

  • Henry of Anderlecht

  • Onuachu, ebuehi, dresser, awazie,

  • okay, but i think ike uche should also feature. kayode hasnt reeally settle down in Girona, cos he was not part of thier preseason. will watch him closely tonight, though he is mostly to start from the bench

  • * most likely to start from the bench

  • not forgeting brian idowu

  • Dennis Bonaventure of Club bruggee

  • PapaFem 4 years ago

    No mention of Ebuehi. I think he deserves a look in too. He has always been invited, but never given a chance.

  • The coaching crew should also consider and test Uzoho in the goal keeping unit. For a player to play in La liga is not an easy tasks.

  • Ayphillydegreat 4 years ago

    Kayode is in starting line up tonight for Girona. Personally I think Onyekuru and Kayode will be better options than Nwakaeme.

    • Ayphillydegreat, nice to see you comment. This is the jury from kickoff and africaplay times. Were are the guys feasting now?

      • @Ola some of us are still very much around, still remember those days during (Lagerbeer)sorry Lagerbeck/ Keshi ( Big Boss)Era lots of heated argument it was fun bros.
        Back to this issues of fringe players Nobody including the writer of this article did not even spare a thought about our Homebase eagles squad that just finished second in just concluded WAFU tournament their are lots of good players there & some other one’s who were not invited because they have already left for Europe these players deserves a look in to bring much needed competition & alternative to much established one’s because as we all know they are willing to offer there all if given the opportunity than always rushing for European based fringe players or atleast a mixture of both, finally those are touting about this young keeper in La Liga should pls give us a break instead of talking of inviting him for U20 or future friendly matches after the world,Alampasu/Ajiboye still need chances to prove themselves in this current squad. My thoughts though.Thanks Guys

        • And I am Muna Iwunze If you remember correctly and I still stand by the fact that Big boss indeed sold us out.

  • Tepumping 4 years ago

    Omeruo should not have a chance again we should look for fresh legs. It’s a pity if we are still thinking about Omeruo now that world cup is here. Ogu and Henry should be seriously considered.

  • Michael babatunde

  • Dominic Vinicius…the guy is a Brazilian-Nigerian.Everton may sign him in January.You guys should check him out.He recently stated he’ll play for ahead of Brazil.

    • Where is he playing

    • just because u read about him on paper today does not justify the fact that he should be included in that list, C’mon bro we have got so many stars who had made several headlines and should be included ahead of this guy. Let him be patient as his time would definitely come..

  • Darny Arts Anthony 4 years ago

    Brian Idowu
    Tyrone Obuehi

  • Bishop Joseph Santus Okpara 4 years ago

    I think Efe Ambrose still has what it takes for someone to be called a professional footballer! So,what do you fans thinks, can the Super Eagles coaching crew give him a short for the Algeria match?

  • lambert 4 years ago

    ODEGBAMI and JJ okocha

    • @Iambert

      Seriously, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Jay Jay. We can consider him as a 15-minute energiser and game changer.

  • julius 4 years ago

    Paul onuachu should be going to Russia. So good and offers new threat aerially which the team is lacking presently. Could be our joker at the world cup

  • Tyrone Ebuehi and Ola Aina

  • Chima E Samuels 4 years ago

    Enyeama, Taribo, Balogun, Celestine, Ordiah, Oliseh, Mikel, Okocha, Odeghami,Kanu and Aghahowa…… Sub Rufai, Keshi, Udenze,Onazi,Nwosu,Amuneke,Martins,Rashidi. Road to Russia youth plus Experience. Up next world cup flop featuring Yakubu and Kaita


  • Kadri braimoh 4 years ago

    Dele alampasu won golden glove @jnr e. Cup 2015, he is younger nd already keeping in europe let encourage him recently he has not been invited for national assignment, he should b considered for Algeria game

  • Fidelenny 4 years ago

    There are quite a number of players who deserves a call up for the dead rubber game against Algeria in Algiers.
    Notable are the 2nd string team players who are on the fringe of the national team, the likes of Onyekuru Henry, Umar Sadiq, Paul Onuachu, Kayode Olanrewaju, Ola Aina, Anthony Nwakeme, John Ogu Chidozie Awaziam, Dele Alampasu, Alassan Ibrahim, Mikel Agu, Oghenekaro Etebo, AndersonEsiti, Azubiuke Okechuckwu, just to name but a few players.

    Invitation to these players would give Genot Rohr a 2nd look at the players to see what quality they can bring to the team.

  • Fidelenny 4 years ago

    I forgot to mention Tyrone Ebuehi, a right back with Ado De Ag in the Eredivisie, Uche Agbo, defensive midfielder and a centre half with an imposing height, now a player in the Belgium with Standard Liege.
    Uche Agbo has been on the fringe of the national team for quite a long time and sure he would fancy his chance against Algeria to prove his worth. The former under 20 defensive midfielder is a hard worker and very combative too, , would prefer him in the centre half given the shortage of personnel in that dept. He should be favoured to pair Nantes defence trojan Chidozie Awaziam.

    Tyrone Ebubehi on his part should get a nod this time try out in the right back having been frozen out of the team in the last match, while versatile Aina Ola deplored to the left back, holding fort for Echijile,the substantive left back in the team.

  • Mike Chinenye 4 years ago

    Pls don’t forget to call the guy that played left back in the last Olympics in 2016. They guy is good. Tall and lanky.

    • That’s Stanley Amuzie. Great left back, but didn’t see much action in Sampdoria during the last season, that’s why he kind of dropped off the horizon. A good run in his new club Lugano (Swiss league) should bring him back to reckoning.
      Lesson is that players should as much as possible stay in clubs that they are guaranteed playing time. Some big clubs are only interested in keeping a player as back-up to their already established players, even if the backup player is equally good, and sometimes even better. You still have to wait until the other guy puts a foot wrong – sometimes that doesn’t happen.

    • Godwin onosetale is a born holding mid feeder he play in germdom in incoliume he should be invited

  • May be we should not be mentioning names again…they are too many. Some even mentioned ik uche and Michael Babatunde here, Super Eagles are going forward not backwards

    • Abeg, abeg, if na play make people stop am ooo. STOP MENTIONING BABATUNDE MICHAEL!!!!! He was not qualified to be in the last world cup, along Gabriel, Uzoenyi and other boys Keshi chose on personal reasons, and freezing out people like IK Uche. I just disliked Keshi for that. It was the reason we didn’t go far. No quality in the middle aka Babatunde Michael!!!

  • the writer is so obsessed with Hapoel beer sheeva that he even named Ola Aina as a player of Hapoel beer sheeva lol..haven said that i think Tyronne Ebuehi and Uche Agbo should be in that list..I don’t think Omeruo deserves a look in IMO..he is retrogressing rather than progressing and doesn’t seem to change that anytime…we have quality options in tht position

  • Paschal 4 years ago

    My starting line up for Algeria
    1. Francis Uzoho of La Coruna, Spain
    2. Tyronne Ebuehi
    3. Ola Aina
    4. Uche Agbo
    5. Chidozie Awaziem
    6. Mikel Agu
    7. Oghenekaro Etebo
    8. John Ogu
    9. Kayode Olanrewaju
    10. Henry Onyekuru
    11. Anthony Nwakaeme
    K. Omeruo, Cyril Dessers, Dele Ajiboye, Alhassan Ibrahim, Chuba Akpom.

    • Pascal good as your team looks don’t forget we have a certain Argentina to look towards after Algeria so we need some experienced heads in that Bench Like Mikel Obi Balogun and Ekong as well as ALex Iwobi and Ighalo. John Mikel Obi can even start in that game ahead of Mikel Agu. And I would also have Kelechi Iheanacho as a starter maybe for Olanre Kayode. Thank you

    • Don’t Forget Mikel only recently came back from injury so he needs as many games under his belt to return to full sharpness his experience and the fact he needs games makes him a sure starter for me ahed of Mikel Agu

  • Paschal 4 years ago

    We could also have on the substitute bench: Paul Onuachu, Anderson Esiti, Samuel Kalu, Dele Alampasu and Dennis Bonaventure.

  • ako amadi 4 years ago

    The problem with Nigeria is that there are too many good attackers and attacking midfielders, and nobody cleaning up the mess behind. The goalkeeping position is shaky, the left back need a backup, and injuries to the established Abdullahi, Troost-Ekong and Balogun cannot be ruled out. Even machines break down. Let us now look carefully at Omeruo, Ola Aina, Tyronne Ebuehi, Awaziem, Ogu, Uche Agbo. Every position on the pitch needs a strong alternative. The Super Eagles must have a strong left-footed defender to compete or complement Echiejile.
    I doubt very much if Carl Ikeme can recover from leukaemia in time to keep goal by June 2018. But we pray that he survives the disease, football or not. Is Enyeama coming back? As controversial as it may be, If he does, it will be fine, and we will then be looking for two more goalkeepers who are already there.

    • Adekanmbi oluwabamidele 4 years ago

      Enyeama is not coming back again even he is not needed again

  • Adekanmbi oluwabamidele 4 years ago

    Why can’t coach genort rohr start oladele alampasu at a goalposts and Kenneth omeru at centre with 3-4-2-1 formation let try those new boys and it will work with 3-0 victory against the Algerian

  • Cyriel Dessers, Micheal Babatunde,Paul Onuachu and Brian Idowu and Dennis Bonaventure should all be given a chance in the game against algeria and subsequent games so that they can be well assessed. Nigeria needs suitable replacements for the established players so that the fight for jerseys to Russia will become more competetive.

  • I like how Nigeria play against Algeria

  • Michael Demson 4 years ago

    What of Cyriel Dessers? The coaching should give him a chance to see what he can do