Owngoalnigeria.com can authoritatively reveal that head coach of the Super Eagles Samson Siasia already know the players he intends to play from the start will against Egypt on March 25th at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.
We can reveal the coach and his assistants already have a list of players who will probably start against Egypt.
In goal Carl Ikeme is expected to be between the sticks and despite his late inclusion Leon Balogun as at yesterday was the favourite to man the right full back slot while Elderson Echiejile is favoured to man the the other side of the defence.
Efe Ambrose is presently highly favoured to partner Kenneth Omeruo in central defence although all of that could change as Godfrey Obaboana consistency for his club side we gathered is giving the coaches reasons to maintain his World cup 2014 partnership with Omeruo.
In midfield Eddy Onazi who picked up a red card against Chad is suspended for the first game against Egypt hence Azubuike Okechukwu and Usman Mohammed until he was dropped was also in contention to replace the Lazio man.
However Siasia intends to play Mikel in a defensive role in a middle three comprising of Kano Pillars ace Ifeanyi Matthew and Nigeria U-23 captain Azubuike Okechukwu.
In attack Odion Ighalo will spearhead the forward three with Ahmed Musa expected to man the right slot while Moses Simon although not an automatic choice yet is presently favoured ahead of Aaron Samuel for the left side of attack.