Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi and Chelsea star, Victor Moses, are some of the regular players that have been ruled out of the international friendly match between Nigeria DR Congo slated for May 28 and in either Abuja or Uyo.
The national team is expected to bid the country farewell before they depart for the 2018 World Cup with top government functionaries including President Muhammadu Buhari expected to be present at the venue.
However, sources in the Nigeria Football Federation has told our correspondent that regular players in the Super Eagles starting line might not feature in the game.
The sources said the Manager of the national team Gernot Rohr wanted to use the friendly match to test some of the fringe players in the squad.
The source said that Rohr was drawing up a list of 35 players that would prosecute the six friendly matches ahead of the World Cup from which 23 would make the final cut for the Mundial.
“Mikel, Moses, Odion Ighalo and some other big players may not be part of the match against DR Congo. These players are not expected to feature in the first phase of camping which is going to be in either Abuja or Uyo. Home based stars and some other fringe players from Europe are going to prosecute the friendly that is organised for the team to bid the country farewell ahead of the World Cup.
“Rohr is compiling a list of 35 players with those who prosecuted the World Cup qualifiers expected to dominate it. The final list of 23 is expected to come out on June 4 about two days after the friendly match against England,” the source said.
The source added that a few players from the Nigeria’s squad to the ongoing African Nations Championship in Morocco would be part of the 35-man list.
“Captain Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi and about four other players from CHAN team will be in the 35-man list, that I can say authoritatively,” the source said.