The Tremendous Eagles’ contingent for Tuesday’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying tango with the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde landed on the island of Mindelo on Monday morning, after a four-hour flight from Lagos aboard a particular jet of Air Peace airline.
There have been 21 gamers on board, following the departure of UK-based gamers who returned to base following 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 purple label, of which Cape Verde is one. Defence bulwark Olaoluwa Aina additionally left.
Tuesday’s encounter, scheduled for the 5,000 –capactiy Estádio Municipal Adérito Sena, affords a variety of bold contemporary legs not deployed in Friday’s 2-0 win over Liberia in Lagos to stake claims for everlasting shirts within the Nigeria squad.
The absence of Olaoluwa Aina, William Ekong and Leon Balogun most likely implies that Italy –primarily based Tyronne Ebuehi, Chidozie Awaziem of FC Boavista in Portugal and Spain –primarily based Kenneth Omeruo will begin towards the Blue Sharks on Tuesday night.
The departures of two –objective hero Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi additionally open the door for maybe Terem Moffi and Henry Onyekuru. However it’s within the midfield that Coach Gernot Rohr must empanel fully unaccustomed companions and cost them to ship.
Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi and Joseph Ayodele-Aribo have all returned to the UK. Coach Rohr might choose to deploy the versatile Abdullahi Shehu to the midfield as he has performed a few occasions, most just lately in Sierra Leone towards the Leone Stars in a 2021 AFCON qualifier. Russia –primarily based Chidera Ejuke, Italy –primarily based former junior worldwide Kingsley Michael and new face Harmless Bonke from Sweden are all obtainable.
Captain Ahmed Musa will earn his one centesimal cap for Nigeria, two days on 11 years after he received his first towards 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 another staff within the pool, even when Liberia’s Lone Star are victorious towards Central African Republic in Monrovia.
A win will even brighten the trail of the three –time African champions to the knockout closing spherical, provided that home-and-away fixture towards the Central African Republic is what’s on the plate in October.
EAGLES 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); Harmless 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)