The Austin Eguavoen led Super Eagles team are on a mission to execute a plan en-route to booking a spot in the next FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar later this year when they face their old-time rivals, Black Stars of Ghana in a two-legged ties which will see one of the two African giants scaling through the hurdle and the other crashing out.
This game is a very much important one for the three-time AFCON Champions after their disappointing campaign in the last Africa Cup of Nations tournament held in Cameroon where they shockingly crashed out of the competition at the round of 16, against struggling Tunisia side despite their impressive run of form in the group stage as the only team to accrue all the possible nine points.
Ghana vs Nigeria Lineup
With a little altercation in the invited players after Innocent Bonke replaced injured Wilfred Ndidi and John Noble in place of Maduka Okoye, every expected players are on ground for the great task ahead including Leicester City and England-born dazzler Ademola Lookman who was a major doubt initially.
With the current squad in camp, here is a possible starting XI line-up that could be fielded while playing the first leg this Friday at the Baba Yara Sports Complex in Kumasi:
Daniel Akpeyi of Kaizers Chief could be in between the stick as the preferred number one choice of goalkeeper in the absence of Sparta Rotterdam’s Maduka Okoye, with Watford’s William Troost-Ekong, Glasgow Rangers’ Leon Balogun pairing as the central defenders and Torino’s Ola Aina and Paderborn’s Jamilu Collins playing from the right-back and left-back position respectively to complete the four-man defence line.
Watford’s Oghenekaro Etebo could be in place of injured Wilfred Ndidi as the defensive midfielder alongside Glasgow Rangers’ Joe Aribo and Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho as the three centre-field players.
Nantes’ Moses Simon and Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze could be at the front line playing behind Napoli’s Victor Osimhen who could be upfront as the main hitman to complete the 4-3-2-1 formation.