By John Egbokhan, Uyo
As the zero hour approaches swiftly to today’s kickoff of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Super Eagles and Chipolopolo at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium here in Uyo, the capital city of Akwa Ibom State, indications are pointing to the fact that the trio of Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses and Moses Simon seem set to to start the game.
The trio started Eagles last two matches against Cameroon last month and acquitted themselves well. Arsenal striker, Alex Iwobi was not in the squad for the last games because of injury while Leicester’\s forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, who alongside Iwobi played in the reverse fixture against Zambia last year, was introduced in the second half against the Indomitable Lions.
And if what we heard from camp sources is anything to go by, it appears that the trio of Ighalo, who plays in China, Moses and Chelsea and Simon of Gent may well retain their starting shorts in today’s camp.
It was learnt from our usually reliable sources that the trio of Ighalo, Moses and Simon were made to play in the same group against the likes of Iwobi and Iheanacho, in the last two training sessions of the team, which were out of bound to reporters and fans.
Coach Gernot Rohr, who presided over the exercise, was seen watching with rapt attention as the two teams battled it out, with constant reproaches from the former Burkina Faso tactician, who pressed both set of players for the best.
The team, comprising Ighalo, Moses and Simon won the game 3-2 , thanks to a brace from Odion Ighalo with Alex Iwobi who was moved from Team B to A netting what ended as the winner, while Kelechi Iheanacho and Anthony Nwakaeme got the goals for the B team. Rohr intermittently changed tactics and players, in his bid to try out different options, which he hopes will steer his team to victory over Zambia today.
One of our sources said that, “it seems that Coach Rohr will start with Ighalo, Moses and Simon. That much was seen in the last training session, even though he tried to change some things but that is just trying out various options depending on how the game with Zambia will go.
‘’But I think that he wants to stick to the winning team that ended Cameroon’s World Cup hopes so that they can also end Zambia’s dream today’’, he said.