Super Eagles camp update: Ezenwa, Mikel, Moses may start against Zambia

Ikechuchwu Ezenwa
Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr has hinted that he will not make many changes to his team from the side that beat Cameroon, also citing that goalkeeper Ezenwa has done well in recent times.

Rohr, speaking to the media, shortly after a training session said he already has an idea of who will start against Cameroon but needed to have them train some more together.

I have an idea but I wait. Let’s wait. If everybody is here, if everybody is fit, let’s do some training sessions together, but there will not be many changes from the Cameroon team,” Rohr said.

He hailed the qualities of the goalkeepers he has in camp, especially Ikechukwu Ezenwa who has done well in recent times.

We are working on the goalkeepers. We have two goalkeeper coaches. What I have seen in the training sessions is very good.

Ezenwa did very well, also in the WAFU Cup team. Five games without conceding a goal, best player in the tournament. Akpeyi is back too, playing with Chippa United,” Rohr said.

With both Nigeria and Zambia needing wins to be doubly sure of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia next year, Rohr described the spirit in the Super Eagles camp as very encouraging.

The players are in very good spirits and all the time we have these spirits. There is good harmony in the team and I see that there is competition also.

Everybody wants to play in the team. We have twenty two players and only eleven can start the game but it is good competition and fair competition.

I am happy to see that they are respecting their opponents. There is no foul in training, very good team spirit and I hope on Saturday there will be top level in fitness,” said Rohr.

He described the Zambians as a better side than Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions.

Zambia has a very good team, better perhaps than Cameroon. The match will be different so we must expect very good fight.

Zambia will be difficult than Cameroon. Very young and they don't have any thing to lose and they will come here to win also.

So we must be very strong to win this game. We saw it against South Africa, anything thing can happen, but we have a more experienced team. This is a good tie and we are ready for the game,” the German enthused.


The most likely starting eleven for the Eagles on Saturday against Zambia will be Ezenwa, Shehu, Echiejile, Troost- Ekong, Balogun, Mikel, Ndidi, Onazi, Moses, Ighalo, Iwobi
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