Nigeria Super Eagles seek to finish AFCON qualifiers in style against Seychelles

Published on: 05 March 2019
Nigeria Super Eagles seek to finish AFCON qualifiers in style against Seychelles
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Nigeria will be looking to finish the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with a flourish when they encounter Seychelles in a dead-rubber match on Friday, March 22, in Asaba, Delta state. 

The Super Eagles began their qualifying campaign with a 2-0 home defeat to South Africa before recovering to pick ten points to go atop of Group E and now World Star betting bonus code offer great odds for such matches.

The West African powerhouse have not lost since matchday 1 in June 2017 following the shock defeat to second placed team Bafana Bafana in Uyo, Johannesburg.

After missing out on back-to-back editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, Gernot Rohr's men have booked their place at Cameroon 2019 despite playing a 1-1 draw against Bafana Bafana in November last year at the FNB Stadium.

The Super Eagles since winning the 2013 edition of the AFCON failed to qualify for the 2015 and 2017 editions.

Seychelles on their own, are mathematically out of contention to qualify for the biennial competition in Egypt in June after their Libya crashed their dreams with a 8-1 thumping in the penultimate match of the qualifying round in November.

The Pirates in the two matches against the North Africans shipped in 13 goals and scored only two after losing the they were annihilated 5-1 in the first match at the Petro Sport Stadium, Cairo.

They are languishing at the foot of the standings with just a point after five round of matches.

Seychelles dead-rubber encounter against Nigeria will be only their second international game against the three-time African champions.


Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr has invited stand-in team captain Ahmed Musa and 22 other players for match.

On-loan CD Leganes guardsman Kenneth Omeruo has been invited alongside regulars Leon Balogun, Abdullahi Shehu and William Ekong.

Midfielders Oghenekaro Etebo and Wilfred Ndidi, as well as forwards Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi and Moses Simon were also called up.

Rohr has also invited to camp Enyimba FC defender Valentine Ozornwafor, as well as former FIFA Under-17 World Cup winner Victor Osimhen and Denmark-based Paul Onuachu.

Meanwhile, captain of the side Mikel Obi was snubbed by the German tactician and Leicester City flop Ahmed Musa is now expected to lead the side.

Seychelles coach Gavin Jeanne is expected to rely heavily on local-based players for the match.

Gavin's charges have commenced camping already as they aim to finish their abysmal campaign on a memorable note.

However, with Bafana Bafana and Libya lurking for the summit of the group, it is unlikely the Super Eagles will take this game for granted.