Gernot Rohr has disclosed the starting lineup for Nigeria’s World Cup opener against Croatia at the Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad on Saturday, which will start from 2000 hours.

It is one hundred percent surety that Brighton & Hove newbie Leon Balogun has passed a late fitness test and the update from camp is that he will likely partner William Troost-Ekong in central defense as things stand, Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo remains on standby.

Rohr Announces Nigeria's Starting XI Against Croatia

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Bursaspor defender Abdullahi Shehu has been selected ahead of Tyronne Ebuehi at right back, while Brian Idowu takes up the left-back role.

The Super Eagles will debut in the 2018 World Cup with Oghenkaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi and Obi Mikel in midfield.

Our birthday boy, Odion Ighalo will occupy the central attacking position and will be flanked by Chelsea star Victor Moses and Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi.

Rohr has already mentioned to reporters at Friday’s pre-match press conference that Leicester City’s Ahmed Musa will be introduced in the second half.

Here is Nigeria Starting XI against Croatia: Uzoho; Abdullahi Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Balogun*, Idowu; Etebo, Ndidi, Obi Mikel; Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi