Alex Iwobi could well be given the free role behind top striker Odion Ighalo reserved for skipper Mikel Obi when the Super Eagles face Libya Saturday in Uyo.
It would be recalled that the legendary Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, who is also the uncle of Iwobi, had questioned the wing role his nephew was given at Russia 2018, arguing he will do a better job as a classic No 10, which Mikel has been playing for the country in recent times.
The absence of Mikel and the emergence of Samuel Kalu on the left wing may now have combined to hand Arsenal ace Iwobi this more creative role, it now appears.
Gernot Rohr has already hinted Germany-based Jamilu Collins could well start at leftback against Libya after injury stopped him from doing so against Seychelles last month.
Otherwise, Rohr will line up his strongest team using his preferred formation of 4-2-3-1 to unlock the highly organised Libyan defence.
Likely Super Eagles starting XI vs Libya – Francis Uzoho – Jamilu Collins, Shehu Abdullahi, William Ekong, Leon Balogun – Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi – Ahmed Musa (captain), Alex Iwobi, Samuel Kalu – Odion Ighalo
By Kola Daniel in Uyo