Rohr targets first win of 2020 as Musa, Iheanacho lead the line against Tunisia
By Sulaiman Alao
Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho and Al Nassr forward Ahmed Musa will be leading the Super Eagles attack when Nigeria take on the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in their second friendly game Tuesday evening in Austria.
Coach Gernot Rohr is set to field the experienced duo as he hopes to record his first win of the year with the Eagles after losing 1-0 against Algeria in the first of the October friendlies last Friday.
The duo started from the bench in the loss to the Desert Warriors with Iheanacho coming on for Paul Onuachu in the 67th minute while captain Musa replaced Samuel Chukwueze in the 75th minute of the encounter.
The Eagles put up a lackluster performance against the African champions as Onuachu struggled to hold his own as the team’s arrowhead.
It will be testy for Iheanacho and Musa to prove they still have what it takes to lead the Eagles attack with newer players such as Cyril Dessers and Chidera Ejuke in the squad as Nigeria look to record back-to-back wins against Tunisia whom they defeated 1-0 in the losers final at the last AFCON held in Egypt last year.
Also set to return to the Eagles starting line-up against Tunisia is Leganes defender, Kenneth Omeruo.
Interestingly, the trio of Iheanacho, Musa and Omeruo are recently staging a return to the Eagles squad as they were not part of the Eagles team that played out a 2-2 and 1-1 draw against Ukraine and Brazil in the international friendlies played in September and October last year.
Iheanacho was not listed for the games due to poor form while Musa and Omeruo were ruled out because of injuries.
Musa and Omeruo featured as the Eagles beat Tunisia to the AFCON bronze last year courtesy of Odion Ighalo’s 3rd minute goal while Iheanacho was left out of the AFCON squad.
The Eagles last winning outing was in the 4-2 away win against Lesotho in an AFCON qualifier played in November last year.