With the International week underway, Nigeria and other African countries, like their European counterparts, will renew rivalry in the quest to determine who represents at the Next World Cup in Qatar 2022. In Group C of the first round of the African World Cup qualification, Nigeria sits at the top of Group C after collecting all six(6) points after two games, while Liberia is second with three(3) points. Cape Verde and Central African Republic, two teams yet to win any match have a point each.
For Nigeria, the double fixture matches against Central Republic of Africa represents another test for Gernot Rohr and his men to increase their lead, and are expected to win emphatically against the Africa Minnows.
Ahead of the first fixture on Thursday October 7th at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, with the Super Eagles travelling to Central Africa on Sunday 10th October for the reverse fixture, Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has named a strong squad for the October World Cup qualifiers against Raoul Savoy’s men. Below are the teams News as published and extracted from Goal.com.
Nigeria Team News
Initially named on the 23-man list, Alex Iwobi will now miss these fixtures due to injury and has been replaced by Lorient striker Terem Moffi, who has scored two(2) goals in Ligue1 this season. Another absentees are Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi and Watford star Peter Etebo, who are both out due to injuries. Meanwhile, 21-year-old Calvin Bassey, has been handed his maiden Nigeria call-up, while Kingsley Dogo Michael misses out. Frank Onyeka has been recalled after his stellar performance with Brentford since the new season.
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Paderborn 07, Germany); Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Calvin Bassey (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Kevin Akpoguma (TSG Hoffenheim, Germany).
Midfielders: Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Innocent Bonke (Malmo FF, Sweden), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England).
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Samuel Kalu (FC Bordeaux, France); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia).
Recent forms Of Central Republic of Africa And Nigeria
The fixture on October 7th between these two African Countries, will be the first time they will be meeting in an international match.
The Wild beasts, who are yet to qualify for a World Cup in their history, have lost one and drawn one of their past two qualifying matches. They have won just once in their past eight(8) International Matches, drawing two(2) and losing five(5).
Central Republic Of Africa Recent Forms In Their Past Eight Matches: W-L-L-L-D-L-L-D
Nigeria Recent Forms In Their Past Eight Matches: D-W-W-L-D-L-W-W
Nigeria have started the their qualifying campaign in a better fashion, winning against Liberia at home, and the Cape Verde away. They have four(4), drawn two(2) and lost two (2) of their past eight matches.
Likely Formation By Gernot Rohr
Gernot Rohr should opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation. Maduka Okoye started the last two(2) matches, and is likely to keep his spot between the sticks. In the central defence, the parring of Kenneth Omeruo and Chidozie Awaziem is likely to continue, while Abdullahi Shehu and Olaoluwa Aina are likely to start at the right and left back defence respectively.
With Ndidi Wilfred out, Bonke Innocent and Frank Onyeka are likely to start In the midfield two. Kelechi Iheanacho or Joseph Ayodele-Aribo can start in No. 10 role, flanked by Ahmed Musa in the left wing and Moses Simon in the right wing, while Napoli hitman Victor Osimhen leads the attack.
Nigeria 4-2-3-1 Line Ups
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