Gernot Rohr has named his final 23-man Nigeria squad for the 2018 World Cup,dropping Ola Aina and Mikel Agu from the players that travelled to London to play England on Saturday.
Nigeria look like a team that will struggle in Russia.
Rohr needs Victor Moses, Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi fit and firing, without them at their best Nigeria will scare nobody in Russia, it’s that simple.
This is Nigeria squad that lacks quality in some areas. However, if these trio can be at their best when Super Eagles get to Russia they could carry this group further than we may imagine. Without them at their best, Nigeria will scare nobody.
They need to perform, they’ve been underperforming for a long time.
Nigeria were defeated 2-1 in an international friendly with England played at Wembley on Saturday.
Super Eagles produced a below-average performance which suggested that they may not hurt teams.
The Super Eagles will take on Czech Republic in their final warm up game on June 6. They begin their World Cup campaign against Croatia on June 16.
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United).
Defenders: William Troost-Ekong and Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC), Leon Balogun (Brighton), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa).
Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino, Italy).