Gernot Rohr would lead his team against Sierra Leone, a low-ranking African team, but it would take a lot of the Nigerians as they play at home.
As the clock ticks towards this game, there are players expected to determine their Super Eagles career and it promises great excitement to see how they fare during the game after the criticism weighing on their names.
Ahead of Friday’s clash, DAILY POST looks at the expectations of Ahmed Musa, Frank Onyeka, Zaidu Sanusi as they fight to prove themselves in the match.
Ahmed Musa (Captain of Nigeria).
The Nigerian forward would be under pressure, as he has been criticized for his form and club judgment, so to speak. Musa’s summons to the team has been relatively criticized as many Nigerians have questioned the criteria for his inclusion in the team.
There is a debate among fans as to why Musa is still involved in the national team setup after the player became a free agent. He ended his terms of agreement with his Saudi Arabian club leaving him without a club at this time. Musa’s performance would be of interest to the Eagles in Friday’s game.
Frank Onyeka (new defensive midfielder)
The talented midfielder has excelled at his Danish club Midtjylland, even when they are heavily involved in the UEFA Champions League.
But with the player ready to fill the defensive midfield position he held in earlier times, all eyes would be on his performance.
The role has been played by influential figures such as Sunday Oliseh, Yusuf Ayila and now the ever-present and robust midfield dynamite in the person of Wilfred Ndidi.
Tal could see more pressure on Onyeka as he is expected to live up to billing at the base of the Nigerian Super Eagles midfield.
Zaidu Sanusi (Left back from FC Porto)
Porto’s new recruit would aim to cement his place in the Super Eagles team at the left back position. While he would love to gain ascendancy over Jamilu Collins, he would be tasked with providing defensive cover and also providing attacking contributions as Nigeria has seen in the past.
That was evident in the era of Celestine Babayaro, Ifeanyi Udeze and Taye Taiwo and Nigeria would be demanding true quality from the left-back position on Friday.