Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr will likely give new players the opportunity to play tomorrow against Lesotho in the last group game Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Nigeria beat Benin Republic to qualify for the tournament thanks to a late goal from Paul Onuachu on Saturday’s game at Port Novo, ending the Squirrels unbeaten home run.
Onuachu headed the winner in the 93rd minute at the at the Stade Charles de Gaulle to book the AFCON ticket for the Super Eagles.
According to the The Guardian, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, said at the weekend that the match against Lesotho is another opportunity for Lagos fans to watch the national team in an international engagement after a long absence from the state.
The senior national team has not played a competitive match in Lagos for over 20 years and the federation is said to be eager to see that the team begin their sojourn in the city on a winning note.
A Super Eagles source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the publication yesterday that Coach Rohr has decided to give some of the players who did not feature in the Porto Novo game the opportunity to play tomorrow at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
He said, “The quality in this team is so high that anybody can be chosen to play at any time. In every position, we have one or two players who can do the job excellently, but the manager is looking at giving some of the new players, including the returning Tyrone Ebuehi and one or two of the home-based players the opportunity to show what they can do. But there would be too many surprises in the lineup.”
The NFF yesterday disclosed that the Lesotho delegation would arrive in Lagos today, while the match commissioner and referees were expected in the country yesterday. The security officer and referees’ assessor have been in Lagos since Saturday.
Lesotho, who bravely held Sierra Leone to a scoreless draw in Maseru on Saturday, but are no longer in the running for a ticket to Cameroun, will have their official training at the Teslim Balogun Stadium this evening at 5.00 p.m.
Meanwhile, Benin will now fight for AFCON qualification next week in Sierra Leone.