Balogun confirmed captain as Rohr names starting XI

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has named his starting line up for Friday’s World Cup qualifying game against Algeria shortly after the last training session of the team.

On Thursday reported that Balogun could wear the captain’s band for the Super Eagles in Constantine with Mikel Obi resting. It will be the first time in his career for the Germany based defender. Balogun steps up in the absence of vice captain Ogenyi Onazi and Elderson Echiejile. Hints about Mikel starting from the bench was provided by coach Rohr in Wednesday’s training when Mikel lined up with Team B in what was his first training session with the team.

New goalkeeper Francis Uzoho from Spain made the squad, with Daniel Akpeyi missing out on selection while John Ogu was also selected for the first time under coach Gernot Rohr.

Anthony Nwakaeme will also make his debut ‎with Ola Aina also starting.


Ikechukwu Ezenwa

Shehu Abdullahi

Ola Aina

Leon Balogun

William Troost-Ekong

Ogehenekaro Etebo

John Ogu

Wilfred Ndidi

Anthony Nwakaeme

Alex Iwobi

Kelechi Iheanacho