Lazio of Italy midfielder Ogenyi Onazi will wear the captain’s armband for Nigeria in the friendly against Mali in Rouen, France, tonight...
Lazio of Italy midfielder Ogenyi Onazi will wear the captain’s armband for Nigeria in the friendly against Mali in Rouen, France, tonight.
Onazi is one of the most senior players left in the squad following the withdrawals of captain Mikel Obi and his vice-captain Ahmed Musa, as well as Victor Moses.
And he will be handed the captain’s armband when the Super Eagles line out against their Malian counterparts.
“(Ogenyi) Onazi will captain the team against Mali barring any last minute change, but I don’t even see that happening because he has been told by the coach that he will lead the team,” an official confirmed.
The captain’s armband in the Super Eagles is usually given to the most senior or longest serving player in the squad, a category Brown Ideye falls into, given his age and how long he has been playing for the team, but Onazi has been the most consistent over the last three years.
In camp are Odion Ighalo, Ogenyi Onazi, Brown Ideye, Carl Ikeme, Alex Iwobi, Abdullahi Shehu, Umar Aminu, Kingsley Madu, Moses Simon, Elderson Echiejile, Leon Balogun, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Musa Muhammed, Etebo Oghenekaro, Babatunde Michael, Raheem Lawal, Gbenga Arokoyo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Daniel Akpeyi and William Troost Ekong.
Todays match is the first of a two –game arrangement that will see the Super Eagles leave for Luxembourg City on Saturday, to play that country’s senior national team on Tuesday night.
The Super Eagles will also play Luxembourg on the 31st in Luxembourg City in the last of the two friendlies. Kick-off time is 7pm.