Emma Jemegah, Asaba
Super Eagles’ Coach, Gernot Rohr said he would be starting some new players in the friendly game against Egypt scheduled to take place today at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State.
Speaking during the press conference ahead of the game, Rohr confirmed that Daniel Akpeyi and Ike- chukwu Ezenwa featuring in the game with Akpeyi expected to start the first 45 minutes, with Ezenwa completing the game.
He also revealed that Paul Onwuachu would be starting, with striker Odion Ighalo almost ruled out from the game due to the injury he sustained against Seychelles on Friday.
The coach also said new players would be coming into the game across all departments, while those who were deployed to the U-23 team that played against Libya on Monday moving to the bench.
“The two goalkeepers will play on Tuesday, Daniel will start and Ezenwa will finish, 45 minutes for each one of them,” he said
“About Ighalo, he won’t be starting the game against Egypt, he will be on the bench because of the injury he sustained against Seychelles. Those drafted to the U-23 will also be on the bench on Tuesday and show that we are together as a team.
“We are expecting to improve, friendly is always a test of how far you
have gone as a team. On Tuesday, we are going to see a new centre forward starting and there would be a change in each department. The goalkeeper, we are having a new defender, midfield and also the attack, we want to see other options, individually and collectively as a team.
“We want to play good football and get good result. The condition still the way it was, but we have to man- age it that way. We want to give the crowd a good football. We have been unbeaten in the last nine months and we want it to continue that way.”