The Super Eagles have landed on the island of Mindelo for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying match with the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde.
21 gamers touched down in Cape Verde on Monday, following the departure of UK-based gamers who returned after the unchanged stance of UK authorities regarding protocols and pointers that have to be noticed by anybody returning to the nation after visiting a rustic on their COVID-19 pink listing.
The match will happen on Tuesday night on the 5,000 capability Estádio Municipal Adérito Sena, gives a chance for different gamers who didn’t characteristic in final week’s Friday’s 2-0 win over Liberia in Lagos.
The absence of Olaoluwa Aina, William Ekong and Leon Balogun will give an opportunity for Italy–based mostly Tyronne Ebuehi, Chidozie Awaziem of FC Boavista in Portugal and Kenneth Omeruo to begin in opposition to the Blue Sharks.
The departures of Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi additionally open the door for maybe Terem Moffi and Henry Onyekuru. But it’s within the midfield that Coach Gernot Rohr must empanel completely unaccustomed companions and cost them to ship.
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Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi and Joseph Ayodele-Aribo have all returned to the UK. Coach Rohr could choose to deploy the versatile Abdullahi Shehu to midfield as he has executed a few occasions, most lately in Sierra Leone in opposition to the Leone Stars in a 2021 AFCON qualifier. Russia–based mostly Chidera Ejuke, Italy–based mostly former junior worldwide Kingsley Michael and new face Innocent Bonke from Sweden are all obtainable.
Captain Ahmed Musa is prone to earn his a hundredth cap for Nigeria, 11 years after he gained his first cap in opposition to Madagascar in Calabar, if he takes any half in Tuesday’s encounter.
Three factors will consolidate Nigeria’s management of Group C, confirmed after the victory over Liberia that adopted the draw between Cape Verde and Central African Republic in Douala. A win will assure Nigeria a minimal three factors forward of some other workforce within the pool, even when Liberia’s Lone Star are victorious in opposition to Central African Republic in Monrovia.
SUPER EAGLES PLAYERS IN CAPE VERDE
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (APOEL Nicosia, Cyprus); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (FC Boavista, Portugal); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); Valentine Ozornwafor (Sporting Charleroi, Belgium); Tyronne Ebuehi (Venezia FC, Italy);
Midfielders: Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Innocent Bonke (Malmo FF, Sweden); Kingsley Michael (Bologna FC, Italy); Adekunele Adeleke (Abia Warriors);
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Samuel Kalu (FC Bordeaux, France); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Terem Moffi (FC Lorient, France); Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos FC, Greece).