Nigeria vs Sierra Leone
Nigeria will attempt to defend their good begin to qualifying for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations as quickly as they meet Sierra Leone in Group L on Friday.
In comparability, the guests are on the underside of the group after incomes just one stage out of six in the marketplace in the course of the first spherical of qualifying closing yr.
The coronavirus epidemic has decimated the athletic calendar, with a yr between Nigeria’s first and third AFCON 2022 qualifiers.
Nigeria began their qualification group with back-to-back wins over Benin and Lesotho closing November. Sierra Leone hopes to keep away from being the Tremendous Eagles’ third sufferer this Friday.
Victor Osimhen has scored three goals in Nigeria’s first two matches, scoring from the penalty spot in opposition to Benin and twice in opposition to Lesotho.
Gernot Rohr’s facet carried out for the primary time since closing month’s six-goal thriller, though they misplaced 1-0 to 2019 AFCON champions Algeria and drew 1-1 with Tunisia.
A win inside the present day would go a good way within the route of creating a declare for a berth all through the 2022 match, in addition to to give the Tremendous Eagles unbounded confidence before they deal with Sierra Leone as quickly as additional just a few days later.
Sierra Leone hasn’t licensed for the AFCON since 1996, however John Keister’s facet are in downside with 4 video video video games remaining in Group L.
Jane Thabantso scored in harm time to cancel out Kwame Quee’s opening, as Keister’s workforce fell 1-0 to Benin on matchday two.
Sierra Leone’s collaborating in time has been restricted by the COVID-19 epidemic, and the Leone Stars didn’t put collectively efficiently for November’s recreation after shedding to Mauritania and Niger closing month.
Wilfred Ndidi misses out with an adductor harm, whereas Kelechi Iheanacho is all through the squad.
Alex Iwobi, Semi Ajayi, and Joe Aribo return after lacking closing month’s good.
Samuel Kalu and Moses Simon are injured and on no account picked, whereas goalkeeper Sebastian Osigwe is the one uncapped participant.
Kei Kamara will begin up entrance for Sierra Leone after reversing his retirement willpower.
Captain Umaru Bangura, who merely recovered from COVID-19, will play on Friday.
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