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Nigeria vs Central African Republic prediction, preview, team news

On Thursday, Nigeria will host the Central African Republic at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier. The Super Eagles are currently in first place in Group C, having earned maximum points in all of their matches. The visitors are at the bottom of the standings with only one point after two games.


In their most recent international match, Nigeria defeated Cape Verde 2-1 on the road in September. In the first half, Victor Osimhen equalized for the West African giants after Dylan Tavares had placed the island nation ahead in the 19th minute. Gernot Rohr's side secured the victory thanks to an own goal by Kenny Santos in the second half. On home soil, the Central African Republic was defeated 1-0 by Liberia. In the 86th minute, Kpah Sherman scored the game-winning goal.


Nigeria vs Central African Republic Head-to-Head

This will be the two countries' first international meeting. Nigeria will aim for all three points in order to improve their prospects of qualifying for the third round of the qualifiers. If the Central African Republic does not win, they will be eliminated from the competition.


Nigeria form guide: W-W-D-L-W


Central African Republic form guide: L-D-L-L-L

Nigeria vs Central African Republic Team News

For the doubleheader against the Central African Republic, Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr called up 23 players. Veteran mainstays Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong lead the team, while team captain Ahmed Musa is set to enter the FIFA century club. Victor Osimhen and Paul Onuachu, two in-form strikers, will lead the line, with Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho also picked. Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi, and Alex Iwobi, all of whom are injured in the Premier League, are notable absentees.


Lorient forward Tereq Moffi, who has also been ruled out due to injury, has taken his spot in the squad. Taiwo Awoniyi of Union Berlin has been named as his replacement after impressing in the Bundesliga. Samuel Chukwueze of Villarreal has yet to return from a long-term injury suffered in the Europa League semi-final in April. Calvin Bassey, a defender for Rangers, was called up to the Super Eagles for the first time, while Frank Onyeka, who had a strong start to the season with Brentford, was called up again.


Injuries: Peter Etebo, Tereq Moffi, Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi, Samuel Chukwueze

Suspension: None 

Central African Republic there are no known injuries or suspension worries for Les Fauves.

Injuries: None

Suspension: None


Nigeria vs Central African Republic Predicted XI

Nigeria Predicted XI (4-3-3): Maduka Okoye (GK); Jamilu Collins, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Ola Aina; Frank Onyeka, Joe Aribo, Innocent Bonke; Moses Simon, Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Osimhen

Central African Republic Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Prince Samolah (GK); Ngam Cyr, Sadock Ndobe, Peter Guinari, Flory Yangao; Melky-Jerede, Steve Naimathe; Axel Urie, Tresor Toropite, Karl Namnganda; M'Vondo Georgino


Nigeria vs Central African Republic Prediction

Nigeria are big favorites, and anything less than a convincing win for the three-time African champions would be considered a major upset.

Because of the vast disparity in talent between the two teams, we believe there can only be one winner, and we are betting the hosts to win by a comfortable margin.

Nigeria 3-0 Central African Republic is my prediction.

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