The Super Eagles on Nigeria will look to secure maximum points in Group B when they take on Madagascar in their final Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) game on Sunday.

Nigeria qualified for the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations as they claimed their second successive win, this time overcoming Guinea to sit on top of Group B with six points to their name.

Kenneth Omeruo’s header 17 minutes from the end was enough for Nigeria who again failed to perform with any great confidence and must improve when they enter the knockout stages of the competition.

Gernot Rohr opted to drop captain John Obi Mikel for the team’s game against Guinea but he will be hoping to be reinstated here in what could be one of several changes with Rohr potentially resting several of his players to save their legs for the knockout stages.

For Madagascar, they are unbeaten in the 2019 AFCON in what is their first appearance in the tournament and they earned their first ever win as they defeated fellow debutants Burundi.

A late free-kick from Marco Ilaimaharitra with just under 15 minutes remaining broke the deadlock between the two teams and earned Madagascar the win to move them on to four points in Group B.

Madagascar are now in a great position to progress to the knockout stages but are likely to need a win in this game to be certain of progression to the last 16 and could name an unchanged line-up for the third game in succession.

• Gernot Rohr (Nigeria)
• Nicolas Dupuis (Madagascar)

Head to Head: This will be the first meeting between those two nations.

Date, Time and Venue of the match:

June 30th, 2019
5:00pm (Nigerian time)
Alexandria Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt.

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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