Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, is set to hand Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi the No.10 role in the Super Eagles’ starting line-up, when they face Libya in a crunch 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations qualifier on Saturday, in the absence of captain Mikel Obi.
The game is to be played at the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo on Saturday at 4pm.
Mikel Obi is not part of the squad, as he is still battling to regain full fitness, after featuring for Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Rohr could also hand Isaac Success his first start in his second appearance for the Super Eagles. The Watford star made his debut in a 1-1 draw against Senegal, in an international friendly played in London in 2016.
The team was split into two groups comprising the possible and the probables on Thursday.
The possibles in green bips had Francis Uzoho in goal; Shehu Abdullahi, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun and Jamilu Collins in defence.Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo were the two holding midfielders, while Iwobi played behind Isaac Success who led the lines for the team in green.
Success was flanked in the attack by stand in skipper, Ahmed who played from the left flank, and Samuel Kalu. Musa who suffered a knock during the session still look good to start.
Ikechukwu Ezenwa was in goal for the group in red bib. He had Ola Aina and Bryan Idowu as full-backs while Kenneth Omeruo and Semi Ajayi were the centre half pairings.
In midfield, John Ogu, Chidozie Awaziem and Ogenyi Onazi played as midfielders with the trident of Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon and Henry Onyekuru in attack. Odion Ighalo replaced Success during the interval in the team in green, with the Watford star
moving to join the team in red.
The Super Eagles currently sit 3rd in the group with 3 points after 2 points with Libya and South Africa joint top on 4 points.
Time of Game
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face Libya in Matchday three of AFCON 2019 qualifiers (Naija Li)
The AFCON 2019 qualifier will kick off at 4 pm Nigerian time although analysis of the game on TV would have started an hour before that.
Where To Watch
For fans in Sub-Saharan Africa, the game will be broadcast by SuperSport 9 on DSTV. SuperSport 9 are the official broadcasters of the game and any other TV station who airs the game would have gotten the rights from them.