Samson Siasia is still in the hunt for at least three quality additions to his back four as he gets set to name his squad this week.
At centre back, he is in the hunt for someone to partner captain Joseph Yobo. At left back, he requires a capable deputy for Taye Taiwo, and is at a similar crossroads at right back.
A top team official told KickOffNigeria.com that the technical staff continue to sweat over the defence, especially at centre back.
”We need a capable partner for Joseph Yobo in the heart of defence. If he gets injured now, or suspended, we could be in trouble.
”So the coaches are seriously looking at alternatives,” the official said.
Efe Ambrose has partnered Yobo in recent games, but his errors, especially against Ethiopia in the last game, have left the coaches in a dilemma.
Dele Adeleye has barely got a look in, and is expected to be left out of the squad to play Ghana, with Yusuf Ayila a distinct possibility to step in at central defence.
At left back, Elderson Echiejile will get a recall when Siasia’s squad is released this week, but he is only expected to provide back up to Taye Taiwo.
Right back presents a further challenge for Siasia and his men. Chibuzor Okonkwo has stepped into the breach and more than acquitted himself, but Siasia is said to be keeping an eye out for more quality.
Nosa Igiebor, who has slotted into central defence at his club, is a possibility being explored by the Super Eagles coaches.
”The coaches have enough players in midfield and attack, but they are really worried about the defence and need players there as soon as they can.”
Siasia is expected to travel to eastern Europe to scout out some prospective defenders before and after playing Ghana.