ALEXANDRIA – Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has confirmed that he’ll make changes to his starting lineup ahead of Sunday’s last game in Group B against Madagascar at the Alexandria Stadium.
The Super Eagles became the first team to qualify for the knockout stages of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and need a draw to top the group while a point will also be enough for Madagascar who have four points to confirm passage to the next round.
And ahead of Sunday’s game, Rohr who made five changes to the team in their last match against Guinea said at the pre-match conference ahead of the game against Madagascar that there would be changes made throughout the team from the goalkeepers to the strikers.
He, however, said that Sunday’s game will be too soon for injured fullbacks Jamilu Collins and Shehu Abdullahi who have been both stepped up training recently and that the final training session later today will determine who comes into the team.
Collins is yet to feature in the tournament after picking up an injury on the eve of Nigeria’s tournament opener against Burundi while Abdullahi picked up an injury in that game.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles vice-captain Ahmed Musa has disputed reports that the Nigeria Football Federation has followed through on its promise to offset by Friday (yesterday) all outstanding allowances owed the players.
Sources had told busybuddiesng.com that the Federation had paid up as promised with the players receiving an additional three days worth of camp allowances in addition to what they were owed.
Another source, however, said the players had only received camp allowances and bonuses for the friendly game against Zimbabwe with winning bonuses for their AFCON wins against Burundi and Guinea still outstanding.
Speaking at the pre-match conference ahead of their game against Madagascar tomorrow, Musa, however, clarified the true state of affairs saying that the players are yet to be paid.