The Super Eagles of Nigeria will battle it out against their opponent Libya in ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) today 10th October 2018. The match is scheduled to be played at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.
Francis Uzoho: The undisputed No. 1, neither Uzoho or any of his rivals have done anything that will prompt Gernot Rohr to switch things up between the sticks.
Abdullahi Shehu: The full-back’s returned to the fold, and should have enough to resume duties on the right side of the defence, even if he was unceremoniously jettisoned during the World Cup.
Leon Balogun: Despite his relative inactivity with new club Brighton & Hove Albion, Balogun will retain his spot in defence. He’s started 12 of Nigeria’s last 14 games.
William Troost-Ekong: Expect the Udinese centre-back to return to the starting XI after missing the Seychelles game. He’ll contribute leadership to the backline, and Balogun typically looks stronger with Troost alongside him.
Brian Idowu: Jamilu Collins has featured for the Super Eagles now, and both he and Ola Aina represent increasing competition for Idowu. However, it’s hard to see Rohr changing things for such a massive clash, so we’re tipping Idowu to retain his place.
Wilfred Ndidi: The tough-tackling Leicester City man is expected to continue in the heart of the midfield, where he’ll protect the backline and also be charged with driving the Eagles forward.
Oghenekaro Etebo: Ogenyi Onazi and John Ogu are both contenders for a central-midfield berth, but we’re giving the nod to Etebo. He’s started four of Nigeria’s last five, and while his form in the Championship has been patchy, he offers more dynamism than his midfield rivals.
Alex Iwobi hasn’t always had Rohr’s trust, but he’s in good form for Arsenal, and with John Obi Mikel absent, could be included from the start as the Super Eagles look to break down the stubborn Libyan defence.
Ahmed Musa: Nigeria’s most potent attacking outlet will start in support of Ighalo and Kalu, and his pace will likely be a key weapon as the Super Eagles look to break down their opponents’ resolute backline.
Odion Ighalo: He’s in excellent form in China, having netted 20 goals this season, and looks to be an undisputed starter even if he isn’t completely to the taste of Nigeria fans. He scored against the Seychelles, and would win over a swathe of admirers if he could net against Libya.
Samuel Kalu started ahead of Henry Onyekuru for the Seychelles game, in something of a surprise. Considering the latter’s decline in form for Galatasaray, expect Kalu to retain his spot.
Kick off already in Uyo
Nice start for super eagles
Foul on Ighalo
GOAL!! Jude Ighalo scores from the penalty Spot
Shehu Abdullahi appears injured after a tackle
Libya setling down and holding possession
Libya playing hard and another foul on Abdullahi
Coach Genort Rohr Right on his feet .. wants more from the Eagles
Not looking good for Abudulahi again as he is being attended to by the medics
Nigeria still leading 1-0 courtesy of goal scoredby Ighalo
Game temporarily halted after Jamilu Collins fouls a Libyan player
Yellow card for Wilfred Ndidi
Sand Msoud from Libya receives a yellow card
In the last outing between Nigeria and Libya, the CHAN Eagles won 1-0
Another wasted chance as Samuel Kalu after a good run shoots the ball wide
Chance!!! Counterattack by Super Eagles but the final shot hits the crossbar and out
Jamilu Collin quite close to doubling the lead by Nigeria
Eager faces on the Nigerian bench itching for action
They would have to wait till the second half as the first 45 minutes is over in Uyo!