The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set to take on Zambia without key central defender Leon Balogun who pulled out injured early during Mainz 05 clash against Bayern Leverkusen.
Regarded as the back bone of the newly assembled defence of new coach Gernot Rohr, his absence will no doubt create a huge vacuum in the Nigerian defence.
Balogun went off injured in the 9th minute with what looked like a suspected hamstring injury which will keep the dependable defender out for at least two weeks.
He is one of the leaders in the Nigeria defence, initially filling in at right back before being converted to a centre back where he distinguished himself in Nigeria’s last game against Tanzania.
Nigeria will on October 9 begin their campaign to be at the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a tie against Zambia in Ndola, in a group that also has Cameroun and Algeria.