Super Eagles interim coach, Salisu Yusuf will ring the changes this evening as Nigeria take on Luxemburg in another international friendly at Sade Jozy Barthel in Luxemburg City.
Germany-based defender Leon Balogun will start from the bench in Tuesday’s friendly against hosts Luxembourg after three major blunders in the heart of the defence, which a more ruthless team than Mali would have punished.
The Mainz 05 ace paired Norway-based William Troost-Ekong in the heart of the Eagles back four against Mali on Friday, but his mistakes are likely to see lose his place to either Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo or Turkey-based Gbenga Arokoyo for the next game in Luxembourg City.
“The coaches have noted Balogun’s mistakes and will now consider either Omeruo or Arokoyo to pair Troost-Ekong against Luxembourg,” said a top source who is in France with the Eagles.
Omeruo has been held back by a visa hitch and only had his first training with the rest of the squad Saturday evening.
The 27-year-old Balogun made 21 appearances in the Bundesliga last season and scored a goal as Mainz finished an impressive sixth on the table.
This will be the first-ever clash between the two countries.
Nigeria are ranked 67th in the FIFA ranking, while Luxembourg are a distant 146.
The host team are known as The Red Lions.
Their record win was a 6-0 against Afghanistan in 1948, while their biggest international losses – 9-0 – were suffered at the hands of England twice – in 1960 and 1982.
Local man Luc Holz has been in charge of the team since 2010.
Their top stars play overseas in France, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.
Their 2014 World Cup qualifying record was – Played 10, won 1, drew 3 and lost 6. They scored seven goals and conceded 26.
The match kicks off 6pm, Nigerian time.

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