Lawal: 'Ukraine Will Give Nigeria A good Test'

Former Super Eagles midfielder Garba Lawal has played down the series of withdrawals from the Nigeria squad ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly against Ukraine in Dnipro.
Captain Ahmed Musa last Thursday became the latest high-profile name to pull out of the Super Eagles’ roster for the game against the Eastern European side.

He joined the likes of defenders Kenneth Omeruo and Tyronne Ebuehi, midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and forward Henry Onyekuru who had earlier opted out for varying reasons.

The former Nigeria international believes the remaining players are capable of holding their own against Andriy Shevchenko's men

Lawal told Goal.com:

I don't think there is anything to worry about the players that are are not available, it just simply means the new players have the opportunity to show the coach what they can do.

If these players say there were retiring, we can not force them not to do so but they are just not available for a game so we should utilise the players that are available.

I am happy with the choice of Ukraine, I don't think we have played them before but they are a strong team that should give our boys a good test.

It is good to see someone that has played the game moving up to be the coach of the national team but you know playing and coaching are two different things but I wish Shevchenko the best on the job.

Ukraine are rated 25th on the Fifa rankings while Nigeria are eight spots below in 33rd spot.

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