Iwobi, Musa, Ebuehi set for first start


Ahmed Musa

Super Eagles trio Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi and Tyronne Ebuehi are set to make their first start at the tournament when the Eagles take on Guinea-Bissau in their final Group D match on Wednesday, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

Fatih Karagumruk forward Musa, who is on a nine-game goal drought at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, is expected to lead the Eagles out in what will be their 96th match in the history of the competition.

The three-time African champions have recorded 52 wins drawn 22 and lost 21.

Also, duo Iwobi and Ebuehi are expected to replace Samuel Chukwueze and Ola Aina in the starting line-up for the game against the Wild Dogs of Guinea-Bissau.

However, key stars like assistant captain William Ekong, midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and striker Kelechi Iheanacho are expected to keep their places in the starting XI.

Speaking ahead of his team’s final group fixture, interim coach, Austin Eguavoen, said, “Yes it is always good to qualify for the next round before your last game. We have done that with style.

“So, expect few changes against Guinea-Bissau because every player here has come to play and I have always told them that their time will come. Don’t expect a wholesale change, but there will be one or two.”

Other fringe players expected to play a part in the encounter are Kelechi Nwakali, Francis Uzoho and Peter Olayinka.

Semi Ajayi, Frank Onyeka, Jamilu Collins, Alex Iwobi and Chidera Ejuke will also be involved against Guinea Bissau, who will need to win to stay alive at the tournament.


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