Bonke & Michael debut; Musa, Awaziem, Osimhen named in Super Eagles starting XI vs Cape Verde:: All Nigeria Soccer
Bonke & Michael debut; Musa, Awaziem, Osimhen named in Super Eagles starting XI vs Cape Verde
Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has announced his starting line-up for Tuesday evening's crucial 2022 World Cup qualifying match against Cape Verde at the Estádio Municipal Adérito Sena, Mindelo.The Franco-German has made seven changes from the side that defeated Liberia 2-0 in their opener, with six United Kingdom-based players in Wilfred Troost-Ekong, Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo and Alex Iwobi, plus Torino defender Ola Aina not available for selection.
Sparta Rotterdam star Maduka Okoye starts in goal, behind a four-man defence of Jamilu Collins, Kenneth Omeruo, Chidozie Awaziem and Abdullahi Shehu.
There are two players in midfield making their senior debuts for the Super Eagles in the shape of Malmo’s Champions League campaigner Innocent Bonke and 2015 U17 World Cup winner Kingsley Michael.
Napoli striker Victor Osimhen will lead the line, while Moses Simon, Ahmed Musa and Chidera Ejuke will occupy the other attacking roles.
Racing Genk goal machine Paul Onuachu, Olympiakos’ Henry Onyekuru and Lorient’s Terem Moffi have been named among the substitutes.
Nigeria starting XI : Okoye; Collins, Omeruo, Awaziem, Shehu; Bonke, Michael, Ejuke; Musa, Osimhen, Simon
Substitutes : Uzoho, Akpeyi, Ozornwafor, Sanusi, Adeleke, Onyekuru, Moffi, Onuachu
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