Full Back Crisis – Omeruo At Left Back? Rohr Line Up Four Centre Backs Against Algeria


Nigeria could line up as many as four centre backs when they take on Algeria in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers tie in Uyo later today.


The Nigerian team is battling with dearth of quality full backs with Wilfred Ndidi who is traditionally a centre back or defensive midfielder set to retain his spot in the team.

Elderson Echiejile who has been the Super Eagles left full back for around six years is another player who has played as centre back in his career, but he could be dropped in favour of Kenneth Omeruo.

Chelsea loanee Omeruo has been playing at left back for the probables in training as coach Gernot Rohr appears to be leaning towards maintaining the combo of Leon Balogun and William Troost Ekong as central defenders.

The choice of Omeruo as left back is reportedly meant to add pace to the left side of Nigeria defence, where Algeria will most likely want to exploit Echiejile’s lack of pace.