Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has named a totally recognizable starting line-up to face Madagascar this evening, handing three players Ikechukwu Ezenwa, John Ogu and Samuel Kalu their first starts of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Former Chelsea star John Obi Mikel will captain the Super Eagles in the top of the table clash in Alexandria.
The coach rested four players who played key roles in the Super Eagles perfect start with Daniel Akpeyi, Kenneth Omeruo, Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi and Moses Simon all dropped to the bench.
The former Niger boss handed Katsina United goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa the gloves ahead of Francis Uzoho.
William Troost-Ekong get the chance to play along Leon Balogun at the heart of the defence as Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo is rested.
Enterprising and hardworking Mikel will play in midfield and so will talented Ahmed Musa keep his place on the left wing.
John Ogu and Oghenekaro Etebo have also been included as the Eagles will adopt a robust approach of taking control of the midfielder.
Moses Simon’s position on the right wing will be occupied by Samuel Kalu.
Upfront is Odion Ighalo who will be hoping to add to his 12-goal tally in international football.
A draw in Alexandria on Sunday would be enough to see already qualified Nigeria finish top of Group B.
Madagascar need to win or at least draw against Nigeria as they are second in group B with four points, two behind the Super Eagles who ensured their place in the last 16 after a narrow 1-0 victory over Guinea.
Nigeria’s starting line-up: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Chidozie Awaziem, Ola Aina, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Obi Mikel (C), John Ogu, Samuel Kalu, Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo
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