Stephen Keshi is employing youth and experience in his starting line-up against the Brave Warriors on Sunday
Montpellier’s John Utaka will lead Nigeria’s frontline alongside Wigan’s Victor Moses and Granada's Ikechukwu Uche in Sunday’s 2014 Fifa World Cup qualification game against Namibia in Calabar.
The 30 year-old, who has been out of the national team since 2010 will partner with Uche who has consistently delivered in the colours of the national team in recent times.
Young Moses will make his first start for Nigeria after coming from the bench in his debut against Rwanda last February.
Ejike Uzoenyi of Rangers will is keeping his place in midfield following his consistency in the national colours in the last three games against Rwanda, Egypt and Peru.
Stephen Keshi’s 4-3-3 formation will have Valerenga’s Fegor Ogude and Kano Pillars' Reuben Gabriel in midfield. Gabriel reccently lost his mother while on national assignment with the squad in Peru.
The defence remains much the same from the their last encounter against Peru except that Ashdod's Efe Ambrose will start alongside Sunshine Star’s Godfrey Oboabona, Sharks’ Juwon Oshaniwa and Azubuike Egwueke of Warri Wolves.
The last line of defence is goalkeeper and team captain Vincent Enyeama. Although he has been mainly on the substitutes’ bench at Lille over the last season, Enyeama still possesses the experience that the team needs to ward off the Namibian attackers. Calabar is also where he went to school and he should feel at home in front of the local fans.