Nigeria U23 star Oghenekaro Etebo
Monday Mar 21, 2016. 08:50
We rate the chances of the six local players who will join the foreign-based squad ahead of Friday’s must-win AFCON qualifier against Egypt in Kaduna
Ikechukwu Ezenwa 10%
The Sunshine Stars goalkeeper will not make the 18-man squad except first-choice Carl Ikeme or his cover Daniel Akpeyi are not available.
Chibuzor Okonkwo 40%
The FC IfeanyiUbah defender has always featured in coach Samson Siasia’s teams whether with the Olympic team or the Super Eagles. It was therefore not surprising when he was recalled by the coach. In training camp he played at right back and central defence. He may have slowed over the years, but may well be the best option at the Eagles problematic right back.
Etim Matthew 30%
The Enugu Rangers defender is yet another option at the problematic right back position. He has previously worked with Siasia with the U23s, which should give him additional points.
Kalu Orji 35%
The Rangers defender can play at right back or in central defence. He showed his class as a stopper at the CHAN in Rwanda and with Kenneth Omeruo ruled out and Leon Balogun a major doubt, he could well battle Efe Ambrose and Godfrey Oboabona for a starting spot at the heart of the back four.
Ifeanyi Matthew 35%
The Kano Pillars midfielder could play either as a defensive or offensive player. His creativity and versatility will give him a decent chance to be considered more likely for the reverse fixture in Alexandria on March 29. With former coach Sunday Oliseh, he would have been a sure-bet to start on Friday.
Oghenekaro Etebo 60%
The former Warri Wolves star who is bound for Europe after the AFCON qualifiers and he is Siasia’s favourite player in whom he is most pleased going by his exploits at the U23 AFCON in Senegal. He has the biggest chance of all the players who have been training for the past two weeks to start on Friday in Kaduna.