Gernot Rohr has named a very strong starting line-up for Super Eagles against Bafana Bafana in the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon.
The German tactician changes his usual 4-3-3 style to a 3-5-2 formation in the Group E encounter at FNB Stadium with stand in-captain Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho leading the frontline.
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Rohr had to switch system due to absent of hat-trick Odion Ighalo, Wilfred Ndidi, Francis Uzoho and
Shehu Abdullahi after three players ruled out with injury and Leicester City midfielder suspended from the tie after much yellow card accumulation.
Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa was named to start the match ahead of Daniel Akpeyi who excelled in Chippa United’s 0-0 draw against Kaizer Chiefs.
Paderborn star Jamilu Collins will be deployed at the left-hand side of the wing-back and Kenneth Omeruo will play at the right side of the wing back.
The central defensive trio of Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong and John Ogu while Oghenekaro Etebo will feature at the heart of the midfield in an apparent attempt to give a good showing in the match.
Alex Iwobi and Samuel Kalu are expected to provide services to the Super Eagles sharpshooters, Musa and Iheanacho.
Table–toppers Nigeria actually need just one point from Saturday’s encounter to be sure of a slot at next year’s tournament in Cameroon