With the Super Eagles set to face African champions Algeria in a friendly at the Worthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt, Austria on Friday, NGNewsHub.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU presents five key questions on the Gernot Rohr’s team ahead of the game…
1. Who Leads The Attack In Osimhen’s Absence
With Victor Osimhen already ruled out of the games against Algeria, and Tunisa, most of the talks ahead of the Friday’s game against the Desert Foxes will centre around who takes the place of Napoli forward in attack.
Head coach of the side, Gernot Rohr will have to choose between Genk of Belgium duo, Paul Onuachu and Cyriel Dessers, as well as Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho.
Onuachu, who was handed a late invitation as replacement for Osimhen has been painting the Belgium Pro League with goals this season.
The 26-year-old has scored seven goals, while Dessers has a goal to his name. Iheanacho, who is once again playing second fiddle to Jamie Vardy at Leicester City, is yet to score this season.
2. Can The Super Eagles End Algeria’s 18-match Unbeaten Run?
The Super Eagles will attempt to end Algeria’s 18-match unbeaten streak when both teams clash on Friday. The Desert Foxes’ last defeat came almost two years ago, a 1-0 loss to the Squirrels of Benin in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. Since then, the African champions have won 13 and drawn five matches.
3. Who Gets The Nod To Start In Goal?
With regulars Daniel Akpeyi, Francis Uzoho and Ikechukwu Ezenwa not included in the squad for the Algeria game and next week’s friendly against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia, the trio of Dele Alampasu, Maduka Okoye and Mathew Yakubu now have the chance to impress the technical crew.
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Alampasu, who is second choice goalkeeper at Latvian outfit Ventspils, has made six league appearances for the club this season.
Okoye is yet to make an appearance for his new Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam, while Yakubu, who is first choice at Slovakia side, Sered, has made eight league appearances for the club.
There is also a Fourth goalkeeper in camp, Tobias Lawal, who plays for Austrian Bundesliga side, LASK .
4. Can The New Boys Stake Claim For Regular Playing Berth?
Cyriel Dessers, Chidera Ejuke, Mathew Yakubu, Zaidu Sanusi, Samson Tijani and Frank Onyeka will look to impress coach Gernot Rohr and his technical assistants following their maiden invitation to the Super Eagles.
An impressive performance from any of the players could see them cement a place in the team.
Tijani and Onyeka in particular, have a chance to impress in midfield in the absence of Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo.
Left-back, Zaidu Sanusi has a tough battle in his hands to dislodge Jamilu Collins from the position, while Ejuke, Dessers and Yakubu face similar situation.
5. Can The Makeshift Midfield Stand Up To Algeria?
With Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi and Joe Aribo all ruled out of this game and next week’s encounter against Tunisia, Gernot Rohr will have to put his trust in new invitees; Samson Tijani, Frank Onyeka and Mikel Agu.
It remains to be seen how they will fare against experienced and quality stars like Sofiane Feghouli, Ismael Bennacer and co.
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