SUPER EAGLES STARTING XI: Akpeyi benched as Gernot Rohr releases Nigeria’s men for Madagascar game

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr, have released his starting lineup for Nigeria’s final Group B game against the Barea of Madagascar. The German tactician made just five changes to his side that started in the 1-0 victory against Guinea’s Syli Nationale on Wednesday.

Samuel Kalu was finally named in the starting XI after his dehydration issue while in training just days to Nigeria’s first game against Burundi. Villarreal whizkid Samuel Chukwueze who impressed in the first game was again dropped to the bench, this time with Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi, while skipper John Mikel Obi and John Ogu returns to the starting XI.
While Mikel started in the first game – a 1-0 win over Burundi, he sat out of Nigeria’s second game against Guinea. Ogu however, would make his first appearance of the competition.
Basically every other member of the team who started in the 1-0 over Guinea retained their place except goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi who kept clean sheets in Nigeria’s first two game. Katsina United’s Ikechukwu Ezenwa have now been called up to replace the Kazier Chiefs man. And William Troost-Ekong coming in for Kennth Omeruo – Nigeria’s goalscorer in the 1-0 win over Guinea.
Mikel Obi starts in the midfield alongside Stoke City’s Peter Oghenekaro Etebo while John Ogu, who replaces Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi in the midfield is expected to sit behind the duo.
Ahmed Musa again, starts alongside Samuel Kalu on the wings as the Bordeaux man comes in for his first game of the tournament after his dehydration issue just days to kickoff of the tournament.
Paul Onuachu again, sits out of this one too as Odion Ighalo who scored Nigeria’s solitary goal in 1-0 victory over Burundi spearheads the attack.