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ROAD TO RUSSIA: How Strong Should Nigeria Squad For Algeria/Argentina Matches Be?

Having already qualified for the Russia 2018 World Cup, the Super Eagles will be facing Algeria in a dead-rubber African qualifying Group B match on 10 November in Constantine.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr will want to use the opportunity to try out new players and those on the fringes for the match as he starts to put together his World Cup squad.


But the Super Eagles play Argentina in a friendly four days after the Algeria match and the South Americans have included superstars Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria etc in their squad for the match.

So, should Rohr call up his own heavyweights like Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses (if fit) and Leon Balogun (if fit) for the two games?

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Or is it better to let Nigeria Professional Football League players and fringe Super Eagles players face both Algeria and Argentina?

Or would you rather have a mixture of the regulars and new call-ups for the two games?

It is time again to have your say as Completesportsnigeria.com continue our Road To Russia World Cup Debate series.

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  • Oladele 4 years ago

    Gernot Rohr should also call his strong men for Argentina but for Algeria match he should use the opportunity to give other players chance to prove themselves. From there he can pick the best to join the likes of 2 Moses, Mikel, Oyinbo wall, Ndidi, Ighalo and others.

  • Abdulrazak 4 years ago

    I would prefer the fringe players plus a sprinkle of the older teamsters play the Algeria game while the regular first xi play the Argentina match.

    • Charles shilaka 4 years ago

      Nothing ‘ fringe ‘ in our current super eagles team. Try as many players as you can. Field a very strong team for the two matches. First impression lasts, let’s beat Algeria & test our strength against the Azuris

  • Chinwuba Michael 4 years ago

    I want the coach to use are best legs for any match from now on . I will want a proper blend of the team even when we can still have the opportunity to continue eliminating by substitution , so that before the world cup which is serious business we will have a well blended team of our best players and see how far we can go during the world cup. The home base have the CHAN so their preparation should not have any interference with the programs of the super eagles for the world cup at all.

  • A mixture of regulars plus new call ups or fringe players for Algeria dead rubber but i would love to see a very strong starting eleven ie for Argentina friendly. we shouldn’t lose both.

  • iliya yakubu 4 years ago

    Nigeria should use regular players and face Algeria after that just Chang some position like wings back and attack like our number nine to face Argentine

  • Femi Jackson Ajimuda 4 years ago

    For the 2 matches, i believe we should use our team. By our team i mean all those that have ever been called to the Super Eagles. So, if we agree that the bench should be equal in strength as those on the field, i dont think fringe should be adduced to them.
    Field a strong team to have a positive effect on our world ranking. We should also be wary of the threat of Argentina.
    Thank you.

  • Richie 4 years ago

    If you ask me, consistency should be the watchword here. The World Cup is no tea party, we have “sampled” enough players from the pool that we have, it’s time to seriously get down to serious business.

    If our regulars are fully fit and available, please, with all pleasure and due respect to those on the fringes, INVITE THEM! Let’s get very serious with our preparations please and please!!

  • It is a good idea

    • The Super Eagles Technical Adviser and Manager should call up the first team players and fringe players for the Argentina friendly match.

  • Philip Solomon 4 years ago

    I would like the coach to use our best players for Argentina’s match but try some new legs against Algeria. but my biggest worry is the goal keeping department especially the match against Argentina.

  • ako amadi 4 years ago

    On no account should this game with Argentina be trifled with. If we use sentiments and field any men from the local league, then lose 0 – 6 that will be psychologically damaging for many years to come. However, Rohr cannot field injured high profile players because Messi is on the other side. Nigeria has enough good players, and who is fit on the day, and good enough will play

  • ossy paul 4 years ago

    It’s better to use the best 11 for the first 45minutes and brings up new players during second half and let’s see the different, against Algeria. While our best eleven for the world cup to face Argentina no home base.

  • I think Rohr shld use some of d newly discovered players n mix them with d established players. This is d time for him to try new players in left full back n right full back where we are having problems. He shld also try a new goalkeeper. Also we need to see a new striker so tht we can hv a very good replacement in case of injury.