The Super Eagles of Nigeria will be seeking redemption when they take on the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone at the Seika Stevens Stadium in Freetown following their capitulation in Benin City where their opponents came from a 4-0 down to draw the game 4-4 in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

The host are still without a win in Group L having played three matches while Nigeria have garnered seven points and sit one point ahead of Benin who won their game against Lesotho over the weekend.

Napoli attacker, Victor Osimhen will miss the match after suffering a minor fracture on his shoulder in the match in Benin while Rohr also stated how Leon Balogun and Samuel Chukwueze have recovered well from minor injuries.

Expectedly, Gernot Rohr will look to make some changes to the team in Freetown, especially at the backline. Goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, who made his competitive debut for the team in Benin might be replaced by the much experienced Daniel Akpeyi, while Kevin Akpoguma who had a stinker of a game might just make way for Tyronne Ebuehi at the Right Back position.

Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho should lead the Super Eagles attack as Paul Onuachu didn’t prove his mettle when he replaced Osimhen in the first leg.

Sierra Leones coach John Keister’s is most likely to start Mustapha Bundu and Alhaji Kamara from the outset after they both inspired the fightback for the team in Benin City, Kamara now boasts five goals in six games for the national team.

The game is expected to be a low key affair considering how they both played a madcap draw in the first leg.

Match Fact: The Super Eagles’ first game in Freetown, Sierra Leone took place on the 8th of October 1949. Teslim Balogun and an own goal from Sierra Leone sealed a 2-0 victory for Nigeria.

Date, Time, and Venue of the match:

  • November 17th, 2020
  • 17:00 (West African Time)
  •  Sieka Stevens Stadium, Freetown

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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