Nigeria’s World Cup preparations to date have been somewhat confused. On the pitch, the side have been solid and have drawn their last four matches, 0-0 against Mexico and Greece and 2-2 against Scotland and Italy.
Off the pitch, however, debate has raged with many questioning the wisdom of Stephen Keshi’s squad selection. Several established internationals were jettisoned late on leaving a number of inexperienced and unproven players manning the squad’s back-up positions.
Saturday’s match against the United States is Keshi’s final chance to put the disharmony to bed with a strong performance.
What follows is my five-point plan to how the Big Boss should approach the friendly and how to ease some of the concerns about his selection.