On-form Rangers duo Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun surely look set to join up with the Nigeria squad – Covid-19 permitting – after they were namedropped by the nation’s manager.
The midfielder and defender have been stand-out performers for Steven Gerrard’s side in recent matches with Aribo recapturing that magic touch after a spell out injured.
Leon Balogun too has continued his fine form since signing in the summer by deputising for club captain James Tavernier to great effect in an unorthodox right-back berth.
Both players are clearly seen as important players in Gernot Rohr’s talent-strewn Super Eagles squad and he mentioned them both as he revealed details of the nation’s upcoming matches.
Nigeria are set to play Benin on the 27th of March in an AFCON qualifier with their sixth and final game taking place in the country’s capital Lagos against Lesotho three days later.
Rohr wants both Aribo and Balogun to be involved, not least because he wants them to experience the madness of Lagos and its 17m inhabitants.
“Yes, it’s official. We will play in Lagos against Lesotho on March 30, for the sixth and final day of qualifying for the next African Cup of Nations,” said Rohr [Foot365].
“It will probably be in an empty stadium, teams are working on the lawn. I inspected it all.
“The idea of playing in Lagos is good for the players.
“Some do not know this city at all, this is the case of Leon Balogun, like Aribo or others, who were born in Europe.
“They will discover this crazy city, with 19 million inhabitants.
“It is important that we have security, escorts to move around and a good lawn to play. We are working on all these aspects.”
The German manager also revealed that his side may well take the trip to Benin by boat with the roads between the two countries is “not good”.
Steven Gerrard will almost certainly be waiting to make a judgement call on the situation with the Covid-19 pandemic a continuing obstacle to international travel.
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