The Super Eagles are set for action again after their not too impressive outing at the Russia 2018 World Cup.
The Eagles are playing away to the Pirates of Seychelles in one of the Matchday 2 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixtures happening across the continent.
Having been beaten by South Africa in Uyo on Matchday 1 in June 2017, three points against the Pirates on Saturday will be good for the Eagles to restore their 2019 AFCON qualifying campaign back on track.
Though there have been some high-profile withdrawals and injury setbacks, there are still no tenable excuses for the Super Eagles not to beat their host at the 10,000 –capacity Stade Linite in Victoria on Saturday.
Available for selection to safeguard the goal post are Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi.
Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, Semi Ajayi and Jamilu Collins will be battling it out for positions in the backline.
On their part, Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Ogu, Kelechi Nwakali and Joel Obi are available in the middle, while Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Simeon Nwankwo, Henry Onyekuru, Odion Ighalo and Samuel Kalu will contest for slots in the frontline.
The kickoff is 4.30pm Seychelles time (1.30pm Nigerian time)
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Team News: Ahmed Musa to lead Eagles
Ahmed Musa has been given the captain arm’s band for Saturday’s game against Seychelles.
Also, Samuel Kalu will be starting up front in his debut for the Nigeria national team
Nigeria XI Vs Seychelles:
Francis Uzoho; Chidozie Awaziem, Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo, Brian Idowu; Wilfred Ndidi,Ogenyi Onazi; Samuel Kalu, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa (Captain) Odion Ighalo.
Both countries have rendered their national anthems and we are set for action
Kick off… Seychelles get the game underway
Free kick to Seychelles off an elbow from Nigeria’s Kenneth Omeruo
Leon Balogun jumps high to contest for a header but his effort is off target
Ahmed Musa tries a shot but blocked bravely by Seychelles defenders
Samuel Kalu wins a corner kick for Nigeria as the Eagles are piling pressure on their hosts
Kalu slices through the defense of Seychelles and whips a cross but the keeper makes a block as the Eagles get another corner kick
GOAALLL… Ahmed Musa breaks the deadlock
Nigeria pressing for another goal but Iheanacho’s effort is off target
The Super Eagles have another corner kick to be taken by Captain Ahmed Musa
Ighalo ruled offside as he tries to sneak in another goal for Nigeria
Goal!!! Chidozie Awaziem doubles the lead for Nigeria
Almost three.. Ighalo chips the ball but it hits the cross bar
The Super Eagles are attacking from every angle on the pitch… they sure want a big win today
YELLOW CARD; Kenneth Omeruo booked for tripping a Seychelles player from behind
One minute added time
Half Time… Seychelles 0-2 Nigeria
We are back for the second half and the Super Eagles have taken the center pass
YELLOW CARD: Perry Monnaie gets booked for a rash challenge on Leon Balogun
Omeruo with good defending as Seychelles try to get Nigeria on a fast break
PENALTY… Samuel Kalu wins a spot kick for Nigeria
Ighalo steps to take the kick and It is a GOALLLLL
Seychelles 0-3 Nigeria
YELLOW CARD: Kelechi Iheanacho booked!
Seychelles Sub: Nelson Lawrence out for Collin Bibi
CHANCE! Perry Munai almost reduces the deficit for Seychelles but the effort just goes inches wide
Nigeria Sub: Oghenekaro Etebo in for Kelechi Iheanacho
Awaziem appears injured and he is being stretched off
Semi Ajayi comes in for injured Awaziem
Ajayi who plays for Championship side Rotterdam FC is making his official Super Eagles debut today
Seychelles Sub: Elijah Tamboo in for Perry Monnaie
Nigeria Sub: Samuel Kalu gives way for Henry Onyekuru
Yello Card: Carl of Seychelles is booked
Seychelles sub: Kerry Sinnon comes in for Colin Esther
Long range effort by Seychelles goes off target
Three minutes added time