By Adeboye Amosu:
Photo by Ganiyu Yusuf:
Nigeria caretaker coach, Samson Siasia, will reshuffle his starting eleven in Tuesday’s crucial return leg fixture against the Pharaohs of Egypt, Completesportsnigeria.com can report.
The Super Eagles were held to a 1-1 draw by the North Africans in the first leg of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Sunday.
Siasia handed left-back Stanley Amuzie his debut, overlooking the more experienced Elderson Echiejile, while youngster Kelechi Iheanacho made his first start in the game.
Both struggled to make an impact in the game and while the former spent the entire 90 minutes on the pitch, Iheanacho was substituted by Aminu Umar in the second half.
Although Manchester City starlet Iheanacho had a hand in Nigeria’s goal when his shot rebounded for Oghenekaro Etebo to steer in, his overall performance was not satisfactory, Completesportsnigeria.com was told.
A reliable source within the team told Completesportsnigeria.com that the coach is already considering starting some of his experienced and well established stars for the must-win clash in Alexandria.
“Some of the boys failed to live up to expectations in the first leg and the coach is seriously thinking about making changes in the second leg,” the source informed Completesportsnigeria.com.
“Victor Moses and Aminu Umar who did well when they came on as substitutes have put themselves in good position to start the game.
“Don’t forget Ogenyi Onazi who was suspended for the first game will be available again which is a big plus for us.
“There will also be some changes in the defence as we need to keep things tight this time around as we expect the Egyptians to be more attack-minded at home.
The Super Eagles who trail Egypt by two points must win the game in Alexandria to boost their chances of making it to Gabon 2017.