Friday Nov 11, 2016. 10:34
Chelsea loanee Kenneth Omeruo is widely tipped to fill in at Eagles problematic right back position against Algeria tomorrow.
Coach Gernot Rohr admitted the problem of the team at right back in Thursday’s media briefing and that caused him to call up Holland-based Tyronne Ebuehi, who subsequently turned down the invitation.
Turkey-based Musa Mohammed, who manned the position with distinction against Tanzania as well friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg, has been kept out by Rohr because he does not get game time at his club.
Shehu Abdullahi has also played in that position and even though he has recovered from an ankle knock, while Wilfred Ndidi was played there in Zambia.
But it is now looking clearer that Omeruo will play there on Saturday.
Central defender Omeruo, an international since 2013, is playing regularly at Turkish club Alanyaspor on a season-long loan from Chelsea and played in that position during his loan spell at Dutch club ADO Den Haag.
A team official informed: “Omeruo will most likely play from right back, which remains a problem for us.
“He played at central defence against Zambia and it was his mistake that led to the home team’s goal, but he still remains a good player.”