Gernot Rohr has built a good team bond amongst the players.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has made three changes to his starting 11 that will face Argentina in today’s friendly game in Krasnodar, Russia.

Rohr who is trying out a new formation, has opted to play three defenders with two wingbacks on either flank to complement its defensive shape.

Nigeria is getting ready for the World Cup next summer, and is playing the South American giants in its first warm up match for the tournament.

Skipper John Obi Mikel makes a return to the side having sat out the 1-1 draw against Algeria, while Daniel Akpeyi will be in goal for Nigeria in place of Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

The other change made to the team is Chidozie Awaziem who will partner Leon Balogun and William Troost Ekong in a 3-man defence, while Shehu Abdullahi and Ola Aina will be wingbacks.

Starting 11: Dan Akpeyi; Shehu Abdullahi, William Troost Ekong, Leon Balogun, Chidozie Awaziem, Ola Aina, John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi, John Obi Mikel; Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi .

Nigeria have faced Argentina on four different occasions at the World Cup, in 1992, 2002, 2010 and 2014.

Athletics coverage was a discovery, having to move away from regularly writing about Football. Although it was initially daunting, but now being an authority in it makes the past effort worthwhile. From travelling on the same international flight with Nigerian athletes, to knowing you could easily interview: World Record holder Tobi Amusan, then Ese Brume, I have cut my teeth in this beat earning the trust of Athletics sources. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at Ringier media Nigeria, Chris is a Senior Sports writer, Photographer & Community manager at Making of Champions.


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