Rohr Recalls Mikel, Troost-Ekong For Super Eagles, Madagascar Clash

Rohr Recalls Mikel,  Troost-Ekong For Super Eagles,   Madagascar Clash

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has recalled the team’s captain John Mikel Obi and centre-back William Troost-Ekong for today’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group B clash against the Barea of Madagascar, reports

Both players started Nigeria’s opening game in the competition against Burundi but were left on the bench in Wednesday’s 1-0 win against the Syli Nationale of Guinea.

Rohr has also handed the trio of Ikechukwu Ezenwa, John Ogu and Samuel Kalu their first start of the competition.

Defenders; Chidozie Awaziem, Ola Aina and Leon Balogun as well as combative midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo were retained in the starting line-up from the previous game against Guinea.

Odion Ighalo will lead the team’s attack for the second consecutive. The Shanghai Shenhua of China forward will be flanked by Kalu and Ahmed Musa.

Super Eagles Starting XI Vs Madagascar

Ikechukwu Ezenwa; Ola Aina, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Chidozie Awaziem, John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Mikel Obi, Samuel Kalu, Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • JOHN CENA 10 months ago

    Even though the line up is okay, I would ve preferred he starts Henry Onyekuru or Victor Osimhen

    • I expect Musa to Rest for the next game.

    • Christian rowland 10 months ago

      You are right John Cena, he should have started both of them or at least one of them.

      • Madagascar is in trouble, period!!! As for the likes of @Olu,we patriotic eagles fans will choose to kindly ignore your hopeless predictions…. Nice selection coachee… Hoping to see Osimhen and Onyekuru later in the game…

  • This shows how good this team is…the 1st 11 as good as the 2nd 11..

  • The line up is great.. You don’t make too much changes if you intend to retain the team chemistry.. Igaholo, musa and Mikel needs this game to boast their morale and confidence for the next round… You don’t look for extra players when your main ones are about gelling

  • Aquilani 10 months ago

    Victor has an injury scare…Henry to be introduced in 2nd to rekindle heat on the Barea. Nice line-up. Go Super Eagles!

  • Chima E Samuels 10 months ago

    Good line up except for starting Samuel Kalu which in my book is hazardous to risk this young mans life when we have players like Henry in the bench. But anyway in this context the love of the game is what comes first and i wish him the best of luck today.

  • Ifeanyi 10 months ago

    This lineup is even more deadly than the first eleven. I think We have players that inform now. Up eagles, I wish you guys good luck. Go and make us proud.

  • A case could be made for some on the bench,eg Henry or Onuachu,but the coach’s argument will more or less balance things out.
    So not bad,overall. Me,my point of attraction is that my star man, Ndidi,is given due rest.
    Madagascar go hear am.

  • Though eagles wil play their best game today but dey wil lose by 2 goals to 1 .due to error from the player.

    • Cuteprince 10 months ago

      Olu you don’t know football and you’re not Nigerian.. so we all chose to ignore your attention seeking post…but wen u continue…ehnn…i trust nigerians.

      • My bro @cuteprince,dnt mind that hopeless idiot cameroonian called olu,he is jalous of our dear super eagles,let him go to hell fire with his opinions,nig 4 mad 0

        • Agbero hopeless cameroon seeking attention. If not for sai baba I wil not give dem dis advise. Ok ok in d second half rohr play 4 5 1 and sèe d magic . I know my name is on d list of s a to sport minister . 971556038406

      • Ayphillydegreat 10 months ago

        No qualms my brother. Don’t mind that Agbero seeking attention. Yes let the SuperEagles take flight. 

        • Kai omode omefo ope logun.all off unable dey pray for me . Ok o. The game I watch last night….hmmm u see d error ur player make.

    • Though eagles wil play good game but

    • O bobs,u talk something o. Was hoping…but never watched the Madagascar team. You seemed to have watched them and gave a logical verdict.

    • Oòo I thought ndidi scored. .Sorry. God want to do something. With dis loss.

  • Happy to see OGU there. At a left footer capable of taking a long distant shot at goal dey there. Let see what EZENWA can bring to the table. Go SE, fly to the high heavens

  • Saintjoe 10 months ago

    Great line up. Etebo would have been rested too cos he has a yellow card in the previous match and any yellow card again means he will miss the next match…. Go super eagles!!! 

  • Mad go bellefull today . nice lineup

  • What has Chukwueze done to this coach?

    • Nothing!
      I think he is looking at bringing him in second half, Osmihen too. I also look to see Onyekuru

    • As how?
      Was he not the same coach that played him for 90mins in the very important opening game?
      What should Henry Onyekuru say? Chuckwueze will definitely play in the next round.

  • Dr. Drey 10 months ago

    Hehehehehe…..Rohr will make many people hang themsef today o…Lolz
    All these player agents wey wan sell dia player for this tournament……make una sorry ehn. No market today….LMAO

  • Austin 10 months ago

    It’s a good line up. I would have preferred chukwueze to miss today with onyekuru warming up to come in at least in the second half. I’ve always wanted to see osimhen but it appears he is still recuperating from injury. Madagascar appears to have a good and organised defence so we need to be brilliant in our attack. They appear to be good in scoring as they have scored more goals than Nigeria so far. we need to be careful in the defence. up eagles.

  • my main joy to watch this game is kalu and ezenwa…. i would hv like eze to try that no10 position again to be real alternative for that my inconsistent iwobi… if not for network problem between oga rohr and I, the best way is to bring osimhen for ighalo at 50 or 60mins and henry for musa at same mins, and eze for mikel at 65mins.

  • Austin 10 months ago

    sorry it’s musa not miss

  • Sunnyb 10 months ago

    Madagascar wouldn’t be a walkover we must not underestimate them, we should try and do away with silly fouls outside the box, still I don’t see them taking any point from super Eagles 

  • After world cup and this coach can not give Nigeria a strong team, the man is fake.

  • Cuteprince 10 months ago

    @Olu i acknowledge your prediction before the match… cheers.