It is no longer news that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will be playing their first match in over nine months later in October, no thanks to the covid-19 pandemic which put an abrupt end to international matches across the world.
Having gotten an approval from the world’s football governing body FIFA and other concerned medical practitioners, the West African country will slug it out with the Elephant of Ivory Coast in a friendly encounter scheduled to take place in Austria.
In preparation for the highly-anticipated encounter, the Nigeria National team handler has released a list of 25 players who will possibly play a part in the game.
After going through the recently-released squad list, Perfectlife’s football analyst Ibukun Italoye brings out three major points which are discussed below:
1. Dele Alampasu Gets Another Chance To Impress
Remember Dele Alampasu? Yes! your guess is as good as mine. He was the best goalkeeper during 2013 U-17 World Cup that was played in the United Arab Emirate.
Unfortunately, his development after the competition hasn’t gone as predicted by many football experts and analysts.
The Ventspils goal-tender was once invited to the Eagles camp by Gernot Rohr in order to see him perform as heir to Carl Ikeme but he couldn’t convince the gaffer of his ability as he wasn’t given any game time.
Since then, the 23-year-old goalie hasn’t been called up to the camp. Surprisingly, Alampasu has been handed a recall into the team and he will be expected to feature against the Elephants.
Luckily, he is competing against relatively inexperienced goalies for a spot in the team. Hence, playing for the senior national team might just be a dream that never come to pass for the former CD Feirense should he fail to impress yet again.
2. Rohr Keeps Faith In His Usual Prospects Despite Some Under-the-radar Transfer Moves
Kenneth Omeruo’s RCD Leganes got relegated to the Spanish Segunda Liga last season which has raised concern within some of the Eagles’ fan-base about the player’s chances of maintaining his spot in the team.
However, their worries have been sorted out, at least for now, as it appeared Rohr is staying glue to his familiar stewards irrespective of the club they play for.
Should Ekong’s proposed move to Watford eventually materialize in coming days, the manager will see at least four of his players ply their trade in second-tier Leagues around the globe.
3. Opportunity For New Players To Claim A Spot In The Team
According to Allnigeriasoccer while analyzing the recently-released list, seven players will likely make their debut for the team after Rohr invited seven uncapped players including Sanusi Zaidu, Chidera Ejuke, Yakubu Matthew and others.
This means the new players have just been given the chance to show the manager what they can offer to the team.
This opportunity also serves as trial because the gaffer will possibly ignore anyone who fails to live up to expectations in future international engagements.