Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has disclosed that he will make space for two alternate players after releasing his final list of 23 players for this year’s World Cup on June 1.
With the Eagles’ final list for Russia 2018 set to be issued a day before their penultimate build-up friendly away to England on June 2, Rohr has deemed it fit to take along two extra players in the advent of injuries to any member of the selected 23.
Rohr also disclosed that Nigeria’s provisional list of 35 players will be forwarded to FIFA on Monday 14th May, which would be a prelude to a three-phase last lap of World Cup countdown camping for the team.
Players on the provisional list will open camp for the next phase of the build-up in Abuja and play a friendly against Congo Democratic Republic on May 28, before departing for London for the June 2 clash with England.
The team will then be pruned to a final roster of 23 players, whose names will be submitted to the world football governing body latest by Friday June 1.
The Eagles final list will be submitted 24 hours before the friendly against England at Wembley Stadium, but Rohr said there will be two extra players on standby with the team in London in case of any injury.
The Eagles will then proceed to the third and final phase of camping in Austria, where they will take on Czech Republic in the last friendly game on June 6 before flying to their World Cup base camp in Yessentuki, Russia.
Nigeria will open their World Cup campaign on June 16 against Croatia in Kaliningrad before playing debutants Iceland on June 22 at the Volgograd Arena.
Their final group game is against two-time champions, Argentina on June 26 in St. Petersburg, which would be a fifth time both countries will clash in a World Cup group match, of which the first four have been won by The Argies.