Thescoreng will take you through on how Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr will lineup against Sierra Leone at Benin City, also team news and head to head will be looking into as Nigeria goes into this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 qualifier fixture on Friday, November 13.
Gernot Rohr has already released his 23-man squad that will face Sierra Leone in Africa Cup of Nations qualification both home and away. Super Eagles players that are expected to make Gernot Rohr’s starting XI lineup – Maduka, Troost-Ekong, Zaidu Sanusi, Leon Balogun, Alex Iwobi, Etebo, Chukwueze, Musa, Osimhen the listed players should have their way in Nigeria starting XI against Sierra Leone later today.
Match: Nigeria vs Sierra Leone
Competition: AFON 2022 Qualifying Series Group L, Matchday 3
Date: Friday, November 13, 2020.
Venue: Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City.
Kick-off: 5 pm, Nigerian time.
Having won their first two games against Benin Republic and Lesotho, the three-time African champions would be gunning for victory as they hope to consolidate on their position as Group L leaders.
They come into this fixture well prepared following their recent international friendlies against reigning African champion Algeria and Tunisia in Austria.
Following their dreadful start to life in the qualifying series, John Keister’s men know that anything short of all maximum points against Gernot Rohr’s men would spell doom in their race to appear at the biennial African football showpiece for their third time ever.
News coming from Super Eagles camp is that all the players are battle ready, Covid-19 tested has been conducted and the results came out negative apart from the injured player Frank Onyeka who has been replaced with Abdullahi Shehu
“All 23 players trained today. We look forward to a great match tomorrow against Sierra Leone.”
“Our COVID-19 test results are out, each member of the team tested NEGATIVE.”
Napoli forward Victor Osimhen will lead Super Eagles attacking role against Sierra Leone in their AFCON 22 qualifier fixture
Nigeria vs Sierra Leone Head to Head
Gernot Rohr’s side, Super Eagles win three out of their five previous matches played, draw and lost one.
John Keister’s side, Sierra Leone lost four games out of their previous five games played and recorded a draw.
Nigeria remain the dormant side after their previous eight highly competitive meeting, winning 7 and one game needed in a goalless draw.
Nigeria vs Sierra Leone highest goal scored
Nigeria 6-2 Sierra Leone, date: 30-10-76.
The three-time African champions have won nine of their previous outings, and they settled for three draws – which all came in Sierra Leone.
The last outing between both teams ended 2-1, in favour of the Super Eagles while the Leone Stars’ two wins have come on home ground.
Nigeria Lineup vs Sierra Leone
Rohr have his full team present at the camp ahead of AFCON 2022 qualifying game against Sierra Leone. Nigeria lineup is expected to be out latest 4:00pm before the kick-off time by 5:00pm at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.
Despite the absence of star wingers Bordeaux’s Samuel Kalu and Nantes Moses Simon, Gernot Rohr has no attacking worries.
Victor Osimhen, Africa’s most expensive ever transfer, is one of the continent’s finest forwards. The Napoli youngster has already notched three goals and two assists, and don’t bet against him adding to that tally.
Also, Sierra Leone should be worried that the Super Eagles can call on the goalscoring talents of Kelechi Iheanacho, Paul Onuachu, and Ahmed Musa should Osimhen have an off-day.
But one player that could truly light up the encounter is CSKA Moscow’s Chidera Ejuke.
The former Heerenveen winger is the Europa League’s best dribbler after just three matches, and he could be a handful for the Leone Stars should Rohr unleash him on Friday.
Nigeria predicted lineup: Maduka Okoye; Kevin Akpoguma, Leon Balogun, Willaim Troost-Ekong, Zaidu Sanusi; Oghenekaro Etebo, Joe Aribo, Alex Iwobi; Samuel Chukwueze, Ahmed Musa, Victor Osimhen.
Rohr may be going into this fixture with 4-3-3 formation base on the kind of players available for the Africa Cup of Nations 2022 qualification. Fans expected more from Super Eagles tonight, to back to their wining way as they take on Sierra Leone.
Note: All the Africa Cup of Nations 2022 qualification fixtures will be held in an closed door according to covid-19 guidelines. For now fans or spectators are not allowed in the stadium, all matches is available to be streamed live on SuperSport, beIN Sports, and StarTimes.