The one area of the Nigeria team where competition is at it peak is the central defence with about four players battling for the two available spots ahead of the game against Algeria.
Presently coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr has Leon Balogun, William Troost Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo and Uche Agbo in his list as central defenders for the November 12 tie.
In Rohr’s first game in charge Balogun played alongside Ekong in the 1-0 win against Tanzania, while Omeruo deputised for Balogun when he missed the clash against Zambia. The 2-1 win in Ndola.
Only Agbo is yet to be used by the manager, although the Granada of Spain midfielder cum defender impressed when he played against Plateau United in a test game before the Zambia game.
” We need to find a balance of understanding and experience against Algeria in central defence. We will pick in that regards. For now all the defenders in our list have equal chances of playing against Algeria”. He told Owngoalnigeria.com.