Nigeria will play Central African Republic In a 2022 World-Cup qualifier with a new midfield combination and goalkeeper.
The super eagles are leading the group with maximum six-points from two games.
A 2-0 win over Liberia and 2-1 win away to Cape Verde keeps Gernot Rohr’s men safe at the top.
In a surprising turn of events, coach Gernot Rohr will be making wholesale changes to the team.
New Midfield Generals
Apart from the Cape Verde game, this will be the first time a super eagles midfield won’t feature any of Iwobi, Etebo and Ndidi.
The trio will miss out due to Injury.
Wilfried Ndidi will be out for one month while Etebo is the long term loss with a five months duration.
Nigerians already witnessed a dress rehearsal of what the eagles new midfield will look like in the game against Cape Verde.
Innocent Bonke, Kingsley Michaels and Chidera Ejuke were the choice midfield combination for Rohr against Cape Verde.
Bonke and Ejuke are returning this time as Michael misses out due to injury with Frank Onyeka taking his place.
Joe Aribo will likely be the first name in the new midfield as he’ll likely partner with Bonke and one other midfielder.
Gernot Rohr The Disciplinarian
Ahead of the game, reports say Gernot Rohr will not select first-choice goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye due to disciplinary issues.
Sources are citing Maduka’s late arrival to camp as the major reason behind the action.
what does this mean for the goalkeeping position?
While the 22 year-old Maduka is first choice at Sparta Rotterdam, with 8 league appearances, Uzoho transferred from APOEL to Omonia in the last window but he’s yet to earn game time.
He is one of four goalkeepers waiting their turn as understudy to 33 year-old Brazilian, Fabiano.Meanwhile, Daniel Akpeyi, has made two appearances for PSL side Kaizer Chiefs as second choice to South Africa’s Bruce Bvuma.
Gernot Rohr will make the choice that will likely determine who becomes the team’s number-one goalkeeper.
The match will take place at the Teslim Balogun stadium in Surulere, 4pm Nigerian time.