The Super Eagles of Nigeria will square-up against the Pirates of Seychelles in what is a dead rubber African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match in Asaba on Friday.

The three-time African champions currently lead Group E with 10 points from five games and have already booked their spot in the continental competition but they still have the first spot to fight for as they are a point ahead of second-placed South Africa.

Nigeria are gunning for their fourth win in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers against Seychelles. Recall the reverse fixture ended on a sour note for Seychelles who lost 3-0 at the Stade Linite, Victoria, as the trio of Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa and Chidozie Awaziem all getting on the scoresheet.

Rohr resorted to a familiar 23-man squad for Friday’s clash with Midtjylland’s Paul Onuachu and Enyimba duo of Valentine Ozornwafor and Ikouwem Utin the only players handed debut call ups. Also, the German tactician handed a late call up to Akwa United forward, Ndifreke Effiong who takes the spot of Ola Aina.

The Eagles will face the Pharaohs of Egypt, who are seven-time champions and record winners of the continent’s most prestigious football diadem in a friendly game next Tuesday also at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.

Fact: Seychelles have lost four of their last five games, with their only draw coming against South Africa in their fourth AFCON qualifying clash in October 2018

• Gernot Rohr (Nigeria)
• Gavin Jeanne (Seychelles)

Date, Time and Venue of the match:

  • Match 22th, 2018
  • 4:00pm (Nigerian time)
  • Asaba, Nigeria.

There are very few things in life that make me happy, but talking and writing Sports has to be at the top. I honed my broadcasting skills at the University of Lagos Radio Station and have free-lanced for platforms like Top Radio and Superscreen TV amongst others. Deji loves running commentaries on Football matches and Athletics, and is now a Junior Sports Writer at Making of Champions. He hopes to become a Sports Agent in the future.


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