After overcoming Mali 1-0 in Friday’s international friendly in France, the Super Eagles will be hoping to make it two wins in two matches as the team confront Luxembourg in Tuesday’s friendly match at the Stade Josy Barthel.
This is the first time both teams will be playing each other in any international competitions and this will afford the Nigerian side the opportunity to continue from their impressive win against their West African neighbors.
Kelechi Iheanacho’s goal in the 77th minute was all that made the difference against the Malian side and he’s expected to be on the starting line up against their European counterpart.
The duo of John Obi Mikel and Ahmed Musa will not feature in the encounter after missing Friday’s game due to Joseph Yobo’s testimonial match that was played in Port Harcourt last week Friday.
There are no injury worries in camp ahead of the game and it is expected that interim coach Salisu Yusuf will rotate his squad for the Luxembourg game with Ogenyi Onazi again standing in as interim captain.
However, the usual regulars such as Carl Ikeme, Kenneth Omeruo, Alex Iwobi, Odion Ighalo, Brown Ideye, Babatunde Michael and Etebo Ogenekharo are expected to shootdown to Luxembourg on Monday.
A win for the Super Eagles could improve the team’s ranking in the monthly FIFA rankings and place them amongst the top five Africa teams ahead of the June World Cup qualifying draws.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles interim coach, Salisu Yusuf, says the side is firmly focused on securing a win in Tuesday’s friendly against Luxembourg.
“We want another positive outing against Luxembourg after the win against Mali,” Yusuf said.
“The game is important for our rebuilding process and it’s important to come out with a good result as that will help boost the morale of the team ahead of subsequent games. We are all in high spirits and hopefully we will have another win in the bag after the game on Tuesday,” Yusuf added.