OPINION: 7 experienced players hoping to make Eguavoen's 28-man squad for AFCON

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Augustine Eguavoen was named temporary coach of the Super Eagles earlier this week, which means he will lead them to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

To win the African showcase, the team, which is dominated by youthful players, would require experience.

In Cameroon, the coach requires seven experienced players.

7. Khimki's Brian Idowu

Idowu has demonstrated that he has the potential to be a versatile player who can play in any position. The three-time African champs could benefit from his calm demeanor. Cerezo, it's your turn.

6. Spartak Moscow's Victor Moses

The 31-year-old can play a variety of positions under the new temporary boss, including right wing-back. For Spartak Moscow, he has also played on the left flank and even up front. Cerezo could benefit from his versatility.

5. Rangers' Leon Balogun

Balogun's right-footedness is one of his most valuable talents. The Rangers star is the ideal centre-back for Eguavoen if he wants balance in his defense. For the sake of the team, he is willing to put his life on the line. This is a characteristic to applaud in Balogun's performance at the Qualifiers.

4. Leganes by Kenneth Omeruo

Kenneth Omeruo is the greatest option for Eguavoen if he wants to bring in a centre-back who has played in a three-man defense. Omeruo hasn't played for Leganes in a while, but if Nigeria adopts the system in January, he'll be a good fit. Omeruo was a member of the 2013 winning team and is skilled at winning the ball. Leganes' defender may gain from the increase of squads.

3. Kaizer Chiefs' Daniel Akpeyi

At this juncture, Eguavoen is unlikely to switch goalkeepers, but Kaizer Chiefs' Daniel Akpeyi is vying for a berth. This season in the South African Premiership, he has four clean sheets in ten appearances. Unless Uzoho Francis or Maduka Okoye suffer a catastrophic injury, he may be forced to sit out the tournament and pass on his knowledge to the younger players.

2 Al Shabab's Odion Ighalo

Given his outstanding showing for Al Shabab this season, Odion is sure to be in the team. The fact that he is on the outskirts of the squad rather than being assured a spot says a lot about Nigeria's attacking options.

1. Fatih Karagümrük (Ahmed Musa)

Musa's form has taken a turn for the worse at the worst possible time. Despite the fact that he hasn't scored in his last 11 Super Lig games for Fatih Karagümrük, he is still the team's captain. In Cameroon, the Governor, who is at ease on both sides, will be crucial. This January, Musa's bravery could be put to good use.

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