Shehu Abdullahi Fights Back For First 11 Spot

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Shehu Abdullahi (left) with Ahmed Musa

Bursaspor of Turkey defender, Shehu Abdullahi has launched a spirited battle to regain his place in Nigeria’s starting line-up against Croatia on Saturday, as he has been moved into Team A during training with the Super Eagles.

Unlike what occurred for two days running, when Abdullahi appeared to have lost his pot to Tyronne Ebuehi, the former Kano Pillars and Anorthosis Famagusta of Cyprus right-back is again in contention to start against Croatia.

Based on the Eagles’ training on Thursday, the battle for the right back spot of the Eagles between Abdullahi and Ebuehi is far from over, ahead of Saturday’s game against Croatia.

Ebuehi returned from a bleeding nose picked up in training two days ago, but was placed in Team B, with Abdullahi taking his spot in the A team.

Abdullahi did well as part of a back four which also had Brian Idowu, William Troost-Ekong and Kenneth Omeruo with Francis Uzoho in goal during the training session.

Dutch-Nigerian full back Ebuehi is widely viewed by many as a refined and modern day right back due to his abilities to combine his defensive duties with forays upfront to support the attack, but Abdullahi is usually at his best in his primary role as a defender.

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