Both Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Wild Dogs of Guinea, have concluded their trainings ahead of theit first leg of Africa Cup of Nations match scheduled for Friday March 24 inside the Moshood Abiola National Abuja.
The Nigerian team on top of the table, officially resumed training on Monday March 20, on the pitch ahead of the crucial encounter.
In second place, the Guineans kicked off their camping in their country before they jetted into Nigeria on Wednesday morning.
Their Coach, Baciro Candé, who has led the Djurtus to an impressive four points in their previous two games, said on arrival in Nigeria, that his boys will play with confidence and invention.
Guinea Bissau have featured in three Africa Cup of Nations finals, making an impressive debut at the 2017 tournament in Gabon.
For Nigeria, football fans will bank on rave-of-the-moment, Victor James Osimhen to bang in the goals, with both teams eyeing the full marks, in order to consolidate on earlier gains towards landing in Cote d’Ivoire.
Kick-off time is 5pm.
Top-of-the-table, Nigeria square up to second-placed Guinea Bissau at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium on Friday from 5pm.
Osimhen, with 25 goals in all competitions this season for Napoli, netted a significant four in a remarkable 10-0 win for Nigeria against Sao Tome and Principe in June last year, days after he had netted the winner in a 2-1 win over Sierra Leone on Matchday 1, at the same Moshood Abiola National Stadium.
With five goals, the former U17 World Cup winner and record goalscorer (with 10 goals) is among the leading marksmen in the qualifying race, and will grab his opportunities with both hands in the two matches against Guinea Bissau in order to put daylight between himself and other contenders.
Coach José Santos Peseiro, will surely put his best foot forward in only his third match, with the objective of keeping intact his hundred per cent record in competitive matches.
Super Eagles available selection
Goalkeeper Francis Uzoho could start in goal, and there are; Semi Ajayi, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Kevin Akpoguma, Kenneth Omeruo, Calvin Bassey, Zaidu Sanusi and Bruno Onyemaechi to pick from for the rearguard, as well as England-based quartet Wilfred Ndidi, Frank Onyeka, Alex Iwobi and Joe Aribo in the middle of the pack.
Captain Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Samuel Chukwueze, Moses Simon, Ademola Lookman, Terem Moffi and Paul Onuachu, are available for the fore sector, as the Eagles aim for all six points that will super-pave their pathway to the finals.
Other group opponents:
Sierra Leone’s 2-2 draw with Sao Tome and Principe in Agadir, Morocco on Wednesday, turned out a boom for the Eagles, as the Leone Stars are stuck on one point, after three matches and would no longer be in the contest if Nigeria grab all six points from these two matches