The Super Eagles will tonight at the Everbank Field in Jacksonfield, Florida, USA play the USA in their last preparatory game before the World Cup. The kickoff was scheduled for 11pm Nigerian time.
Stephen Keshi is likely to be without injured left back, Elderson Echiejile, who suffered a thigh strain in the team’s 0-0 draw against Greece three days ago.
Aside the AS Monaco defender, there are also doubts over the availability of the duo of Ahmed Musa and Kenneth Omeruo who both have minor knocks picked in the friendly against Greece.
Juwon Oshaniwa who missed the Greece game due to a bout of malaria may slot in at left-back if he has sufficiently recovered from his ill-health.
Keshi may also want to give a chance in goal to either Austin Ejide, whose wife was delivered of a baby girl two days ago, or third choice keeper, Chigozie Agbim.
USA will prove a formidable opponent and Jurgen Klinsmann who has faced public criticism over his decision to drop influential forward Landon Donovan from his squad of 23 would hope his men deliver against Nigeria who they are playingostensibly because of their World Cup Group G opponents, Ghana who they will play on the 16th, same day that the Eagles will be facing Iran in Group F.
Goalkeeper Brad Friedel believes the unity in the USA team will compensate for their lack of a global superstar in the mould of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who curiously may not be fit enough to face his team on the 22nd.
Meanwhile the Nigerian community in Florida are gearing up to offer a resounding support to the Super Eagles. Stephen Keshi has vowed will improve on their previous two performances in the friendlies against Scotland and Greece.