Nigeria manager Jose Peseiro will have Ola Aina at his disposal for Thursday’s friendly with Ecuador at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

In what was coach José Santos Peseiro’s first outing with the squad, an under-strength Nigeria put up a gallant fight but were unlucky to lose 1-2 to Mexico in a game of two halves in Dallas on Saturday.

England–based forward Emmanuel Dennis has joined the team and defender Aina has shaken off a knock to train with the squad on Tuesday.

The match against the Ecuadorians comes exactly a week before the Super Eagles tackle the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja in their opener to 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series.

A total of 20 players are now available to Peseiro and the rest of the coaching crew to pick from against the feisty South Americans, known for their pace, poise and power.

Olorunleke Ojo continues his bid to displace Francis Uzoho as Nigeria number one, but the Omonia Nicosia man should hold his spot in between the sticks here.

Calvin Bassey will likely be required at left-back, and it would not be a surprise to see Semi Ajayi partner William Troost-Ekong given the upcoming busy period against some of Africa’s finest.

Innocent Bonke is a strong candidate to partner Joe Aribo in the middle, and Alex Iwobi will expect to feature.

Emmanuel Dennis and Moses Simon can expect to be given the nods out wide as Rafiu Ishaq settles for a place on the bench, while Cyriel Dessers should start upfront.

Nigeria possible starting lineup: Uzoho, Aina, Bassey, Troost-Ekong, Ajayi, Bonke, Aribo, Iwobi, Dennis, Simon, Dessers


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