FC Midtjylland of Denmark striker, Paul Onuachu has admitted his delight at getting his first start for the Super Eagles in Tuesday’s high-profile international friendly against Egypt.
Footballlive.ng reports that, after getting his national team debut as a second half substitute in Friday’s last Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, Onuachu looked resplendent, as he steeped out from the word go for the follow-up game versus Egypt.
Onuachu for Gernot Rohr’s nod to start, as the Franco-German gaffer’s preferred arrow head, Odion Jude Ighalo was declared not fit enough, after sustaining a knock in the win against Seychelles on Friday.
With Eagles’ stand-in captain, Ahmed Musa also not available, as he took permission to make a quick return to his base in Saudi Arabia, the onus fell on Onuachu to bell the cat in search of Nigeria’s goals.
While Onuachu was meant to rain goals for Nigeria’s victory, the man saddled with the duty of stopping any from going into the Eagles’ net was out-of-favour Daniel Akpeyi, from Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa.
Joining Akpeyi on Eagles’ redemption mission was Leon Balogun, who was axed from the start list against Seychelles on account of his current status of redundancy at his club, Brighton & Hove Albion of England.
Balogun’s partner in defence and captain of the day had to be Udinese of Italy stopper, William Troost-Ekong, with Abdullahi Shehu at right-back and Jamilu Collins on the left of the back-four.
Hapoel Be’er Sheva of Israel giant, John Ugochukwu Ogu returned to the middle with the England-based pair of Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi and Alex Iwobi, with Moses Simon and Henry Onyekuru on the flanks.