Futaa predicts Nigeria's starting XI against Burundi
Futaa predicts Nigeria's starting XI against Burundi

Futaa predicts Nigeria's starting XI against Burundi

Nigeria will begin their quest for a fourth Africa Cup of Nations title on Saturday with group rivals Burundi first in line to attempt to demolish their ambitions.

Head coach Gernot Rohr has however had to deal with the recent sickness plague and fatigue issues in camp, and it is important to note the best players at his disposal ahead of the tournament.

It is very crucial that the Super Eagles to find a victory against the Swallows, a result which would boost their confidence and increase their chances of succeeding at the next game. 

Futaa takes a look at the players Rohr could possibly use in his starting lineup on Saturday, June 22. 

First of all, Rohr will likely use Daniel Akpeyi in goal, with the Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper having seemingly usurped his teammates to nailing down the position. 

He featured in the two preparatory games and could be relied upon yet again for the tournament opener.

In defence, William Troost-Ekong could be partnered alongside Leon Balogun, provided he is fit and ready to go by the time the team holds their last training session prior to the game, with impressing Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo taking the third defensive position.

Chelsea legend and team captain John Obi Mikel has continued to showcase his fitness and readiness having led the team in their games since returning to the fold and will surely form the backbone of the midfield. 

Alongside Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi, they will be tasked with leading the team's build-up from deep and shielding the defence from opposing attacks while Arsenal's Alex Iwobi could be handed the playmaking role, playing just behind the attackers where he can easily pick out the strikers with his sleek passes.

Samuel Kalu and Jamilu Collins are expected to be deployed as the right and left wing-backs respectively. 

The AFCON qualifiers top scorer, Odion Ighalo will be entrusted with the task of leading the lines for the team while working off the supplies and industry of Ahmed Musa.

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