Mikel To Be Rested, Leon Balogun In Line To Captain Nigeria Against Algeria


Leon Balogun could wear the captain armband for Nigeria for the first time in his career when they take on Algeria tomorrow in a dead rubber World Cup 2018 Qualifiers tie.


Coach Gernot Rohr is likely to rest regular captain John Obi Mikel to keep him fresh for Tuesday game against Argentina, and in the absence of vice captain Ogenyi Onazi and Elderson Echiejile, Balogun looks likely to be named captain.

Hints about Mikel starting from the bench was provided by coach Rohr in yesterday’s training when Mikel lined up with Team B in what was his first training session with the team..

The trio of John Ogu, Ogehenekaro Etebo and Wilfred Ndidi played in midfield with the team that lo‎oks more likely to start tomorrow’s game in the tactical session.

A decision will however be made by the coach after the team’s final training session this evening in Algeria ahead of the 8:30pm clash tomorrow.

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