NFF technical director Austin Eguavoen has already submitted his final 23-man squad list for the Super Eagles’ international friendly against Mexico on July 3.
The home-based players will take part in the match at the Los Angeles Coliseum due to the unavailability of Gernot Rohr’s regular side, who are preparing for their respective clubs’ pre-season.
An initial list of players was announced on Sunday and they started camping at Serob Legacy Hotel on Tuesday with training sessions at the Fifa Goal project in the Moshood Abiola National Stadium.
Here are the five Super Eagles players to watch in the friendly….
5. Tony Shimaga
Tasked with manning the midfield, Tony Shimaga is what makes this explosive Super Eagles side tick. The Rangers man must show up if the Super Eagles are to cause an upset in Los Angeles.
4. Lawal Murtala
Murtala has stolen headlines in camp as the Super Eagles prepare for the friendly. A traditional wing back, he will hope to build on his performance when they head to face off against Mexico. Like the rest of the players in this list, Murtala has interest from teams abroad.
3. Ibrahim Olawoyin
Olawoyin has developed into one of the finest young talents in Nigerian domestic football. The 23-year-old is also one with significant interest in the market. He can slot in anywhere across the attack, while his ability to take on opponents and score with minimum fuss is a quality that Super Eagles fans will hope comes to the fore.
2. Charles Atshimene
Charles Atshimene is not the most eye-catching name in the team but is certainly one of the best players in Super Eagles’ squad for Mexico test. A promising striker for Akwa United, Atshimene has showcased his talents to the Super Eagles handlers. He has scored 19 times in 20 appearances for Akwa United. His ability to drop back and build lay is also key especially with the Super Eagles boasting of pace on the wings.
1. Anayo Iwuala
For many, Iwuala already is the best player in the Nigeria Professional Football League but he still has to prove himself against one of the best team in North America. This is a perfect chance for the youngster to deliver stellar performances against Mexico. Getting this won’t be easy but Iwuala was born ready for these types of challenges.