Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has confirmed that he will make three changes to the Super Eagles starting line-up when they tackle Seychelles in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Friday, March 22.
Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho and Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu, who both started the last competitive match against South Africa, are not with the team in Asaba, while John Ogu’s spot in the starting XI is under threat following the return of Wilfred Ndidi.
Four uncapped players in the shape of Paul Onuachu, Ndifreke Effiong, Valentine Ozornwafor and Ikouwem Udo are in contention to make their senior debut for Nigeria this international break.
‘From the training sessions, they have a chance to come into the game. It will be an interesting game on Friday, we need to see how they will handle the situation,” Rohr said on Tuesday in Asaba.
”We have already qualified but we want to do well to improve, to be better. There’s no other FIFA window, so it’s very important two games. ”I can make three changes in Friday’s game and six in Tuesday’s game and I will do that to see a lot of players.”
The German revealed that the two international matches will serve as an opportunity for the fringe and young players in the squad to show their worth ahead of the announcement of the roster for the tournament in Egypt.
”These two games are important for some players to show themselves. We know most of them.
”We are younger from the World Cup because some of the players of the World Cup are not here, we qualified without them.
”It is an opportunity for these young players to show again they deserve to go the AFCON,” Rohr concluded.
The Super Eagles held their first training session on Tuesday evening and are expected to train again at the Stephen Keshi Stadium tomorrow.