"We have been trying to find the right balance but the struggle in the rightback position is something we hope to sort out. Musa Muhammed played in that position against Tanzania and he was good, but he's not playing at his club in Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir. We have also played [Wilfred] Ndidi, [Kenneth] Omeruo and Shehu [Abdullahi] but there is no permanent man…This is something we have to fix.", Gernot Rohr talking about the issues he is presently having with the team’s right fullback position, one which has been difficult to refill since the departure of Odia in 2010.
After the likes of Austin Eguavoen and Nduka Ugbade who were famous for providing strong defense walls for the team, Nigeria have since tried Efe Ambrose, Chibuzor Okonkwo, Ogenyi Onazi, Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun, Musa Muhammed and Sheu Abdullahi without much success.
Nigeria's 3-1 over the Desert Foxes on 12 November coupled with an away victory in Zambia last month propelled them to the top of Group B. The three-time African champions host Cameroon in back-to-back fixtures on 28 August 2017 and 2 September 2017.