Nigeria vs Burundi: Ighalo dropped as Rohr starts Chukwueze, Onuachu

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr announced his starting XI to face the Sparrows of Burundi in Nigeria’s AFCON 2019 opener.

The German coach dropped Odion Ighalo, Francis Uzoho and Jamilu Collins for Paul Onuachi, Daniel Akpeyi and Ola Aina respectively in a 4-3-3 formation.

Rohr shock football lovers in Nigeria by naming a surprising line-up for the Super Eagles opening Africa Cup of Nations clash against Burundi on Saturday, June 22 2019.

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The Super Eagles open their quest for a fourth Afcon title when they trade tackles with debutants Burundi in the opening match of Group B. Nigeria are set to be without Samuel Kalu for the encounter against the swallows after the Bordeaux collapsed in training on Friday.

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According to NFF spokesperson, Kalu suffered from dehydration and his likely to miss the clash against the Swallows. He (Kalu) is stable now. We are awaiting our doctor’s report to confirm what really happened to him.” “I have been told Samuel Kalu has been stabilised. He was taken to hospital for tests and he is certified okay. He was dehydrated, they said. Told him he needs to be taking enough fluids.”

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As a result of Kalu’s unavailability, Kalu was replaced in the starting XI by Villarreal’s Chukwueze. The 19-year-old was one of the breakout stars in La Liga and that earned him a spot in Rohr’s 23 man squad.

Official Lineup

Nigeria Starting XI: Daniel Akpeyi, Ola Aina, Williams Troost-Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Abdulahi Shehu, Oghenekharo Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi,  Mikel Obi (C), Alex Iwobi, Paul Onuachu and Samuel Chukwueze.

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