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Four new invitees eager to make their Nigeria debuts

Gernot Rohr has added four new names to the Nigeria squad for upcoming friendly against Ukraine. The likes of Joe Aribo, Dennis Emmanuel, Maduka Okoye and Josh Maja have received their first call-ups and it remains to be seen who is going to make the Super Eagles debut against Andriy Shevchenko’s troops. Anyhow, the German tactician is going to use upcoming warm-up game to test as many players as possible for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin, which is scheduled to take place in November.

Joe Aribo

Born in Camberwell, England, Joe Aribo is a 23-year-old midfielder who plays for Glasgow Rangers. The Nigerian footballer has established himself as a first-team regular in Steven Gerrard’s team and seeing that the Scots outplayed Legia in the play-offs, he will have a chance to prove his worth in the Europa League group stages.

Considering that Gerrard says that Aribo “has world at his feet”, it is no surprise Joe has received a call-up for upcoming friendly against Ukraine. Glasgow Rangers are on a quest to put an end to Celtic’s dominance in the Scottish Premier League and you should bear in mind that the Gers are 9/4 at 888sport to win the domestic trophy.

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Emmanuel Dennis

Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis is yet another Nigerian footballer who will have a chance to make his Super Eagles debut against Ukraine. The Nigerian rising star has earned his place in the Club Brugge starting XI, playing in both Champions League and Belgian First Division. His main position in right winger, but he is capable of playing as a centre-forward as well.

Seeing that Gernot Rohr is in search for Odion Ighalo’s successor, Emmanuel Dennis is likely to make his Super Eagles debut against Ukraine. Emmanuel Dennis’ Club Brugge has been grouped with Real Madrid, PSG and Galatasaray in the Champions League and it is no surprise they are 16/1 at Betway to book their place in the knockout stages of the elite competition.

Maduka Okoye

Maduka Okoye is a talented goalkeeper who plays for Fortuna Dusseldorf reserve team in Regionalliga. Okoye is a product of Bayer Leverkusen football academy and Gernot Rohr believes that there is a bright future ahead of the 20-year-old shoot-stopper.

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The Super Eagles coach is positive that Okoye will become Nigeria first-choice goalkeeper due to his outstanding attributes and goalkeeping skills. The Fortuna Dusseldorf II goalkeeper, who has made two appearances in the Regionalliga so far this term, is eager to make his Nigeria debut against Ukraine.

Josh Maja

After spending his youth career at Crystal Palace, Fulham and Sunderland, Josh Maja continued playing for the Black Cats at senior level, but he is a part of Ligue 1 side Bordeaux nowadays. The 20-year-old striker, who opened his goal-scoring account in a 1-1 draw with Montpellier, is happy to receive his first ever Super Eagles call-up, but it remains to be seen if he is going to play some part in Tuesday’s friendly against Ukraine.

Josh Maja is eligible to play for both England and Nigeria, but he obviously decided to represent the Super Eagles in international matches. Considering that Gernot Rohr is determined to test as many attackers as possible following Odion Ighalo’s retirement, it seems as if the time has come for the Sunderland forward to make his first appearance for the Nigeria national team. Sunderland made a promising start to their League One campaign and you should know that the Black Cats are 9/2 at bet365 to finish the season in top position and secure promotion to the Championship.

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All eyes on Iwobi against Ukraine

Alex Iwobi has already started paying off at Goodison Park, with the Nigeria international opening his goal-scoring account with Everton in a 3-2 victory over Wolverhampton. The Super Eagles ace, who joined the Toffees on the deadline day, is eager to establish himself as a first-team regular in Marco Silva’s team and, no doubt, all eyes will be on the former Arsenal man when Nigeria take on Ukraine at Dnipro Arena on Tuesday evening.

Alex Iwobi’s Everton, on the other hand, take on Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium on Matchday 5 and seeing that the Cherries suffered a dip in form, there is a big value in betting on Marco Silva’s troops, who are 13/10 at Surebet247 to extend their winning run in the English top flight.

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