Confirmed Nigeria starting XI: Ighalo returns 853 days after last game; Balogun, Ndidi, Iwobi start
Published: November 16, 2021
Confirmed Nigeria starting XI: Ighalo returns 853 days after last game; Balogun, Ndidi, Iwobi start
Manager Gernot Rohr has announced his starting lineup for the match all Nigerians have been waiting for, a 2022 World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Tuesday evening.
 
The Franco-German football manager has made just one change to the team that defeated Liberia 2-0 three days ago, bringing in former Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo, a decision that sees Kelechi Iheanacho drop to the bench.

Rohr confirmed at the pre-match press conference
that Ighalo was to be included in the matchday 23 and he has gone a step further by naming the Al-Shabab star in his starting XI.

The last time Ighalo started a game for the national team was 853 days ago, in a third place playoff against Tunisia at the Africa Cup of Nations on July 17, 2019,  before calling time on his international career.

Watford-bound goalkeeper Maduka Okoye starts in goal while Chidozie Awaziem has kept his place among the central defenders alongside William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun.

In midfield, Wilfred Ndidi lines up alongside Joe Aribo and Alex Iwobi, with Moses Simon and Jamilu Collins operating as wing-backs.

Ighalo is partnered in attack by Napoli center forward Victor Osimhem.

Nigeria starting lineup : Okoye; Awaziem, Troost-Ekong, Balogun; Moses Simon, Ndidi, Aribo, Iwobi, Collins; Osimhen, Ighalo

Ifeanyi Emmanuel


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