- Nigeria vs Algeria is just hours away with the Super Eagles ready to ‘fly’
- Latest reports have it that the starting line-up has been released by team coach Gernot Rohr
- Alex Iwobi, Samuel Chukwueze and Paul Onuachu are in the starting line-up
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Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has released the starting line-up that will prosecute the October 9 friendly match against the Desert Foxes of Algeria, Complete Sports reports.
Everton’s Alex Iwobi as well as Samuel Chukwueze will start the game billed to hold at the prestigious Jacques Lemans Arena Die Zeit in St. Veit, Austria.
In goal, Maduka Okoye has been picked ahead of Dele Alampasu and Mathew Yakubu while Semi Ajayi and debutant Frank Onyeka will play in the middle.
It was also gathered that FC Porto’s Zaidu Sanusi is picked ahead of Jamilu Collins for the left-back position, while Tyronne Ebuehi will occupy the right-back position.
However, Nigeria will be without regular players including Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi and Joe Aribo who have all be exempted from the schedule.
The friendly is in preparation for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone in November.
Nigeria have not played any international match since their 4-2 home win against Lesotho in November 2019 and Gernot Rohr’s side, having won their first two games in Group L, lead the group with six points
The friendly against Algeria is more interesting because the North Africans defeated the Eagles in the 2019 AFCON semifinals after Riyad Mahrez struck in a freekick in the last second as they went on to winning the tournament.
Super Eagles Starting XI vs Algeria:
Maduka Okoye – Zaidu Sanusi, William Ekong, Leon Balogun, Tyronne Ebuehi , Semi Ajayi, Frank Onyeka, Alex Iwobi, Samuel Chukwueze, Samuel Kalu, Paul Onuachu.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) denied a report that some members of the Super Eagles squad tested positive for coronavirus barely hours before their friendly match against Algeria.
The NFF tweeted:
“The writer of the story, who was not part of the press conference earlier today (Thursday, October 8), totally misrepresented what coach Rohr said that since the outbreak of the pandemic, four of our players had tested positive, but were all now fully recovered from the virus and back in action."
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