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Musa could make a hundredth cap right now

The Tremendous Eagles will deal with the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde this afternoon in Match Day 2 of Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier with out the companies of UK-based gamers.

The Tremendous Eagles contingent landed on the island of Mindelo yesterday morning, after a four-hour flight from Lagos aboard a particular Air Peace jet.

There have been 21 gamers on board, following the departure of UK-based gamers, who returned to their base on account of UK authorities COVID-19 protocols and pointers that have to be noticed by anybody returning to Britain after visiting a rustic with COVID-19 crimson label, of which Cape Verde is one.

At present’s encounter, scheduled for the 5,000 –capability Estádio Municipal Adérito Sena, affords a variety of formidable contemporary legs not deployed in Friday’s 2-0 win over Liberia in Lagos to stake claims for everlasting shirts within the Nigerian squad.

The absence of Olaoluwa Aina, William Ekong, and Leon Balogun most likely signifies that Italy –based mostly Tyronne Ebuehi, Chidozie Awaziem of FC Boavista in Portugal, and Spain–based mostly Kenneth Omeruo will begin towards the Blue Sharks this night.

The departures of two-goal hero Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi additionally open the door for maybe Terem Moffi and Henry Onyekuru. However it’s within the midfield that Coach Gernot Rohr must enlist fully unaccustomed companions and cost them to ship.

Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi, and Joseph Ayodele-Aribo have all returned to the UK.

Coach Rohr could choose to deploy the versatile Abdullahi Shehu to the midfield as he has performed a few occasions, most lately in Sierra Leone towards the Leone Stars in a 2021 AFCON qualifier. Russia–based mostly Chidera Ejuke, Italy–based mostly former junior worldwide Kingsley Michael, and new face Harmless Bonke from Sweden can be found.

Captain Ahmed Musa will earn his a hundredth cap for Nigeria, 11 years after he received his first towards Madagascar in Calabar if he takes any half in right now’s encounter.

Three factors will consolidate Nigeria’s management of Group C, confirmed after the victory over Liberia that adopted the draw between Cape Verde and the Central African Republic in Douala. A win will assure Nigeria a minimal of three factors forward of some other crew within the pool, even when Liberia’s Lone Star is victorious towards Central African Republic in Monrovia.

A win may also brighten the trail of the three–time African champions to the knockout ultimate spherical, provided that home-and-away fixture towards the Central African Republic is what’s on the plate in October.

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