Nigeria national football team players pose prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying football match between Nigeria and Cameroon at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, southern Nigeria, on September 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
John Mikel Obi, earning his 81st international cap today, is set to lead the Super Eagles against the Chipolopolo of Zambia when the two sides meet today in Uyo for a crunch World Cup qualifier.
Also in the starting lineup announced by Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr earlier are Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong whose strong partnership in the Nigerian defence has earned them the nickname Oyinbo Wall. Shehu Abdullahi and Elderson Echiejile will play the full-back positions.
Rohr is also keeping faith with Ikechukwu Ezenwa in the goal while the England-based duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi start from the bench.
The full line up is below:
John Mikel Obi