Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr set to hand Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi John Obi Mikel role for the three-time African Champions when they face Libya in a crunch 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations qualifier on Saturday at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.
The 31-year-old Tianjin TEDA midfielder misses Nigeria 3-0 win over Seychelles last month and he now out of must-win encounter against the Mediterranean as he is still battling to regain full fitness.
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The absence of Mikel will see Iwobi drafted to the No.10 role in the Super Eagles’ starting line-up against Libya and the emergence of Samuel Kalu would see the Bordeaux number ten on the left wing of Nigeria team.
The German tactician has indicated that SC Paderborn 07 star Jamilu Collins could well start at left-back ahead of Brian Idowu against the North African nation after injury stopped him from doing so against Seychelles last month.
Rohr will line up his strongest team using his preferred formation of 4-2-3-1 to unlock the highly organised
Libya sits on top of the group with four points with a superior goal difference to South Africa and Nigeria are third with three points, Seychelles last on the table without any points from two matches so far.