Nigeria, who’re Africa’s most interesting nation by way of participation on the World Cup, started their quest for a seventh look on the match on September Three after they claimed a 2-Zero victory over Liberia.
Leicester Metropolis ahead Kelechi Iheanachoplaced on a headline-grabbing efficiency as he hit a first-half brace handy the Tremendous Eagles a snug win in Lagos.
This adopted a effective run within the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, the place they went unbeaten in Group L and completed on the high of the pile with 14 factors from six matches.
Gernot Rohr‘s males have been then made to work their socks off for a second consecutive victory after they noticed off a resilient Cape Verde aspect 2-1 on the Estadio Municipal Aderito Sena 4 days later.
After falling behind to Dylan Tavares‘s 19th-minute strike, Victor Osimhenlevelled the scores 10 minutes later earlier than Kenny Rocha Santos scored an personal objective within the 76th minute to show the sport round.
Whereas the Tremendous Eagles are and not using a win in any of their final 9 worldwide pleasant matches, they’re additionally unbeaten of their most up-to-date eight aggressive outings, courting again to a 2-1 loss to Togo within the WAFU Cup again in 2019.
They may fancy their probabilities of sustaining their 100% file within the qualifiers as they welcome an opposing aspect who’re at the moment 90 locations under them within the FIFA World Rankings, and have struggled to get going within the group phases
In the meantime, Central African Republic kicked off their hunt for a maiden look on the World Cup on a comparatively spectacular word as they held Cape Verde to a 1-1 draw on September 1.
Thirty-two-year-old ahead Julio Tavaresbroke the impasse within the 36th minute earlier than Tresor Toropite struck within the 53rd minute to pressure a share of the spoils.
Nevertheless, Les Fauves didn’t construct on that efficiency as they fell to a 1-Zero defeat by the hands of Liberia on the Stade de la Reunificacion 5 days later.
Kpah Sherman got here up clutch for the Lone Stars as he scored the one objective of the sport within the 86th minute to finish their run of seven video games and not using a win.
Their efficiency up to now is in line with their woeful run on the AFCON qualifiers, the place they completed final in Group E after selecting up 4 factors from six video games.
Raoul Savoy‘s aspect have now didn’t style victory in any of their final eight video games in all competitions, selecting up two attracts and shedding six since a 2-Zero win over Burundi again in November 2019.
Contemplating that solely group winners progress into the ultimate World Cup qualifying spherical, Central African Republic now face an uphill job as they discover themselves on the backside of the pile as soon as once more, stage on one level with Cape Verde.
Nigeria World Cup Qualifying – Africa type:
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Central African Republic World Cup Qualifying – Africa type:
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Rohr has named a powerful 23-man squad for his or her dwelling and away qualifying video games towards Central African Republic, together with the likes of William Troost-Ekong, Moses Simon and former Chelsea defender Ola Aina.
The Tremendous Eagles head into the sport with a star-studded attacking unit comprising the likes of Napoli ahead Victor Osimhen, Leicester Metropolis man Kelechi Iheanacho, Genk’s Paul Onuachu and captain Ahmed Musa, who is 2 video games away from a century of appearances for the nationwide crew.
Versatile 21-year-old Calvin Bassey, who seems for Rangers in Scotland, has earned his maiden call-up to the squad following a strong begin to the brand new Premiership season.
Taiwo Awoniyi, who has loved a stellar begin with Union Berlin within the Bundesliga with six targets in 10 appearances throughout all competitions, might additionally make his senior debut after changing Terem Moffi, who trudged off the pitch injured in Lorient’s conflict towards Clermont Foot on October 3.
Leicester Metropolis midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, newly-signed Watford man Peter Eteboand Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze are notable absentees from the Nigeria camp as they’re at the moment recuperating from accidents sustained at membership stage.
Central African Republic have referred to as up 23 gamers for his or her back-to-back encounters with the three-time African champions, together with Pipinsried goalkeeper Peter Guinari and Creteil-Lusitanos ahead Axel Urie.
Nevertheless, they are going to be with out the companies of their largest star Geoffrey Kondogbia, who final featured in June’s pleasant towards Rwanda, after the Atletico Madrid defensive midfielder was omitted by Savoy.
Nigeria attainable beginning lineup:
Okoye; Collins, Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Aina; Onyeka, Aribo, Bonke, Simon; Osimhen, Iheanacho
Central African Republic attainable beginning lineup:
Samola; Ngam-Ngam, Ndobe, Guinari, Yangao; Niamathe, Ndokomandji; Urie, Toropite, Damona; M’Vondo