After sealing qualification for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will begin their preparation for the tournament when they host the cranes of Uganda in a friendly match on Tuesday.
The coach of the team, Gernot Rohr will certainly use this game as an opportunity to blood young talents who have had little or no game time during the qualifiers, as he would hope they can prove themselves in order to bring competition to the already established starting eleven.
Players such as, Samuel Chukwueze, Henry Onyekuru and Semi Ajayi are some of such players who will be looking to warm their way into the hearts of Rohr, while the likes of Kenneth Omeruo and John Ogu will hope they can cement a permanent spot in the first eleven also.
Like Nigeria, the Ugandans have also qualified for the continental showpiece after they defeated Cape Verde in Kampala last weekend, and they would use the game to test the readiness of their team going into AFCON.
Shot stopper and captain of the team, Denis Onyango, who is yet to concede a goal in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier wasn’t part of the 18-man contingent that flew into Nigeria, while Farouk Miya and Khalid Aucho who played a crucial part in their win against Cape Verde were also excused from the encounter.
Nigeria are yet to lose a game to an African country in 2018 and will hope to wrap up the international calendar for the year with a win in front of home fans on Tuesday.
• Gernot Rohr (Nigeria)
• Sebastien Desabre (Uganda)
Head to Head clash:
- Nigeria won: 2
- Uganda won: 4
- Drawn Games:1
Date, Time and Venue of the match:
- November 20th, 2018
- Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.