The Super Eagles training sessions have come with mixed fortunes and while seven of these players currently with the team will definitely miss out of the final list, who among them desperately need that big performance?
Coach Gernot Rohr has earlier hinted at having already earmarked ‘twenty’ Eagles who are more than assured of their places on the plane to the Eurasia country, provided they do not suffer any injury relapse— most of these players he meant are well known to any follower of the Nigeria national team.
But the wild-card choices are not in any way to be written off just yet and Monday’s meeting with DR Congo provides another opportunity for these ones to try and suss further belief in them at least, before the team in finally pruned down to 23.
Below, allnigeriasoccer.com presents readers with these players who are surely going to come under stern scrutiny at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium as their hopes of a world cup adventure goes down the wire.
Simeon Nwankwo: Simy has come a long way. From his goalscoring exploits in the Italian Serie A to earning his call-up, all things seem to be working perfectly to plan. But inevitably, it only seems his hopes of joining the more established attackers in Russia lies on any of them falling to an irremediable injury. With Rohr spoilt for choice in attack, something big would have to come from the lanky striker if he takes to the pitch against their African opponents.
Chidozie Awaziem: Awaziem’s position in the Super Eagles is equally not set in stone and while he has not been particularly impressive when called upon, he has somewhat been backed to come good. Also, Ola Aina, Kenneth Omeruo and Stephen Eze looked to be above the Nantes defender from the reports from the camp and issues of fitness going into this test game might not bode so well for him. The jury could be out on him tomorrow.