Cyprus-based Shehu Abdullahi will again play for the Super Eagles at the problematic right full-back position against Cameroon as Ola Aina’s international clearance drags.
It is understood Gernot Rohr will stick to his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation in this crucial World Cup qualifier.
Rohr was hoping Chelsea defender Ola Aina will have his clearance from FIFA in time for this match and since that appears not to have come through, the versatile Shehu will again play at right back.
The starting defence will therefore be Shehu at rightback, Elderson Echiejile left back with the returning Leon Balogun, nicknamed ‘German Machine’ by Rohr, and William Troost-Ekong resuming their central defence partnership.
The Eagles will again play two defensive midfielders with one of them handed a freer attacking role, while there will be two wide-playing midfielders and another midfielder, most likely skipper Mikel Obi, playing behind the main striker.
Victor Moses will play on right flank and Moses Simon is most likely to be preferred on the left in the absence of Arsenal ace Alex Iwobi.
For the goalkeeping angle, “We have Ajiboye, we have (Ikechukwu) Ezenwa, we have (Dele) Alampasu, we will see.
“We have 2 local goalkeeper2, we have a very young one and we have another one (Alampasu) who is based in Portugal.
The Super Eagles host Cameroon in Uyo on September 1, 2017 and the return leg game is scheduled to be played in Yaoundé three days later.
By Sam Audu for Score Nigeria