Confidence is high in the camp of the Super Eagles, as already-eliminated Pirates of Seychelles tackle the three-time African champions at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba in what kicks off a true football feast in the Delta State capital today.
Today’s session is in fulfilment of the final day fixtures of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series.
Group leaders, Nigeria made sure of a slot at African football’s biggest house-party far back in November 2018 after a 1-1 draw with South Africa in Johannesburg, but there was word in the camp that the Nigerian stars were looking to rack up a high-score win for bragging rights.
Libya’s Mediterranean Knights, who are involved in the other match of the group against South Africa in Tunisia, incinerated the Pirates 8-1 right in Mahé Island in one of the group matches. That remains the highest-score win of the entire qualifying series.
In Mahé Island on 8th September 2018, goals by Ahmed Musa (a rocket from his weaker left foot), defender Chidozie Awaziem and Odion Ighalo sealed a 3-0 win and kept the Eagles in the hunt for a ticket to the 2019 AFCON. Wins over Libya home and away and the draw in South Africa took Nigeria to the finals.
Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr will unleash his best legs, as a high-score win would put the Eagles in good and great mood for Tuesday’s international friendly against seven-time African champions, Egypt at the same venue.