Whatever happens, there are 11 players that are irreplaceable in Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles list for the World Cup Qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde Islands.

Even in this uncertain situation, the Super Eagles still have a foundation to rely on and improve ahead of what awaits them.

Now, the aim is to build on the group not in terms of quantity but above all in quality, which is why Super Eagles are looking young, talented players ready to make an impact.

The 11 players are Ola Aina, Zaidu Sanusi, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Wilfred Ndidi Joe Aribo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Joe Aribo, Alex Iwobi, Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze.

This young squad has been boosted by a player with experience aplenty, William Troost-Ekong.

The Watford man is a big figure in the dressing room and leads by example, both off the pitch and on it, where has been an everpresent member of the side alongside his defensive partner Leon Balogun.

Since getting back his place, Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho hasn’t looked back and has churned out spectacular performances for the team.

A bullet-proof insurance policy in goal, Maduka kept three clean sheets during the AFCON Qualifiers. He has made the number one gloves his own.

On a team built to attack and score goals, Wilfred Ndidi has been charged with providing stability to the team’s backbone. An expert in foiling rival counter-attacks before they get going, he is also responsible for igniting Super Eagles’ offense.

Osimhen has become a scoring machine, contributing goals. He is a perpetual danger in the offensive zone. With six goals in 12 international games for the Super Eagles, Osimhen has reminded everyone that he is irreplaceable.

During the AFCON Qualifiers, Rohr showed that Iwobi is one man he relies so much on. When the Everton man didn’t train ahead of Lesotho game due to Covid-19, the German still fielded him.

Aribo might have been slowed down with fitness issues, but the fact is that he has a lot to bring on board. Others are Ola Aina and Zaidu Sanusi.


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