Ejide starts, Enyeama benched
Ejide starts for Eagles vs Cape Verde
There have been agitations for stiffer competition for Enyeama after his blunder gifted Malawi a draw in a 2014 World Cup qualifier as well as against Liberia in a 2013 Nations Cup qualifier.
Ejide was top choice for the Eagles under German coach Berti Vogts at the 2008 AFCON in Ghana.
Coach Stephen Keshi will start with his strongest team against the giant-killing islanders as this would be his last full international friendly before their opening group game against Burkina Faso in January 21.
A surprise exclusion is defender Azubuike Egwuekwe, who has played virtually all the minutes under Keshi since last year.
Celtic ace Efe Ambrose will start at the problematic right back, while skipper Joseph Yobo will partner Godfrey Oboabona in the heart of the back four.
There are also starts for Mikel, Victor Moses and Emmanuel Emenike.
Starting XI vs Cape Verde
Ejide – Efe Ambrose, Godfrey Oboabona, Joseph Yobo, Elderson Echejile – Fegor Ogude, Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi - Emmanuel Emenike, Victor Moses, Ahmed Musa