The injury set back of the Super Eagles could force Genort to adopt a 4-2-3-1 formation when the Nigerian team faces Seychelles on Saturday.
John Obi Mikel, Etebo, Troost-Ekong, Ola Aina, Tyronne Ebuehi, Alex Iwobi and Abdullahi Shehu are all absent from the fixture with injuries and sickness. Victor Moses retired from international duty.
While some key players are absent, the German football tactician have made some notable adjustment and decision to his setup, one which keeping faith with World cup shot-stopper Francis Uzoho despite his inactivity for club side Elche since the start of last season. This implies that Daniel Akpeyi despite his heroics in the warm-up before the match will only have a place on the bench,
Lokomotiv Moscow full-back Bryan Idowu having impressed in the World cup keeps his spot, Kenneth Omeruo partners with Leon Balogun at the heart of the defense while Chidozie Awaziem gets a chance to prove himself in the right back role.
The absence of Mikel and Etebo at the middle of the park means that Onazi’s experience will be mixed with Ndidi’s youthful nature while Kelechi Ihenacho could be deployed behind the forward.
The Super Eagle team will heavily rely on Ahmed Musa’s experience and scoring ability in the forward. The retirement of Victor Moses means Samuel Kalu gets a rare chance to impress while Odion Ighalo retains his spot in the number 9 role.
Nigeria Starting XI vs Seychelles : Uzoho, Awaziem, Balogun, Omeruo, Idowu, Onazi, Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Musa, Ighalo, Kalu