Ahead of Sunday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against the Chipolopolo of Zambia, and with a new coach, many must be wondering how the Super Eagles will line up, and what tactics will be employed by Gernot Rohr.
It is only the German’s second game in charge, and not a few persons are still waiting to see how he likes his teams to play.
On the evidence of how he set up the team in his first game against Tanzania and coupled with events from their training sessions, fcnaija.com can predict how the team will line up on Sunday and how they will likely play.
There will be a few changes from the team that started against Tanzania, with Kenneth Omeruo returning and will partner William Trosst-Ekong in the absence of the injured Leon Balogun.
Carl Ikeme, Musa Muhammed and Elderson Echiejile will all keep their places in the starting lineup.
It will be a similar setup in midfield as it was against the Tanzanians, with Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi and Kelechi Iheanacho. However, Iheanacho is expected to play further up the pitch in Ndola than he did for the most part in Uyo, in that number 10 role. Onazi will be the deepest of the three, in the 4-3-3 formation.
Alex Iwobi will play on the left of attack, replacing the absent Victor Moses but unlike Moses in Uyo, Iwobi will most likely be deployed as an inverted striker, rather than the wide-striking position Moses played against Tanzania.
Moses Simon will play from the right side of attack, and is most likely to play as a wide attacker rather than an inverted striker, with Iheanacho filling that role just behind the main striker, which will be Brown Ideye, in the absence of Odion Ighalo.