Nigeria’s Super Eagles will seek to build on their victory over Seychelles when they take on Libya in their third Group E fixture of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at the Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo, today.
Coach Gernot Rohr-led side got their campaign back on track after a disappointing 2-0 defeat South Africa in the opener match by beating Seychelles in their last fixture.
The win propelled the West Africans to third on the table with three points, one behind the Libyans who are unbeaten so far. Captain John Mikel Obi has once again been left out of the squad as the midfielder attempts to regain his fitness after being sidelined with injury. Rohr appears to stick with Odion Ighalo as his point man in attack with the duo of Ahmed Musa and Samuel Kalu operating from the left and right flank respectively during the drills.
Emphasis was on quick play and whipping of balls into the box for the top striker Ighalo while Iwobi will operate in a role similar to that of a free role with emphasis on quick release of the wingers and the main striker with clever balls. Goal scoring has been one of the area Rohr has worked on severally during trainings and base on the response from the strikers, the Eagles will no doubt provide the goals if they replicate the drills correctly on the pitch. The Mediterranean Knights played out a goalless draw away at South Africa in their previous outing in the AFCON qualifiers. They created several goal scoring chances in a closely fought battle but were unable to find the breakthrough.
There have been only two previous matches involving Nigeria and Libya with the Super Eagles emerging victorious in both fixtures. The most recent meeting was a clash at last year’s African Nations Salifu Usman, Championship which the Super Eagles won 1-0. Gernot Rohr appears have a good balance in his squad that makes it difficult for opponents to get the better of them. The front three of Ighalo, Musa and Samuel Kalu often combine well in attack and should have too much for Ahmed El Trbi and Sanad Al Warfali in the Libyan defence. At the other end of the pitch, William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun have a great partnership but could struggle to cope with the movement of Anis Mohamed Saltou in attack for Libya.
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