Following a lack luster performance at the last world cup in Russia, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will take to the Pitch once again in Victoria, Seychelles as hostilities resume in the qualifying campaign for the 2019 AFCON tournament in Cameroon.
In its first AFCON 2019 qualifier played at the God’s willAkpabio International Stadium,Uyo in March, 2017. The Super Eagles succumbed to 2-0 defeat in the hands of Bafanabafana of South Africa. Indeed, it was a rude awakening as that defeat was certainly South Africa’s victory over their West African nemesis in a competitive fixture.
That being said, hostilities will therefore resume across the continent of Africa this weekend as teams jostle to gather sufficient points that will qualify them for the nation’s cup tournament in Cameroon.
Though, there are had been spate of withdrawals in the Super Eagles camp owing to various degrees of injuries to established players, but Coach Gernot Rohr may have to rely on the services of young stars and the experience of Jude OdionIgahlo, Kenneth Omeuo and others to get the job done in Seychelles,
The Seychelles fixture is not supposed to be an acid test for a more experience side like Nigeria but, on the back drop of an unimpressive FIFIA 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Super Eagles are poised and condemn to beating their unfenced opponent who has no football pedigree silly. More interesting fact that gives lots of credence to this match is the non-qualificationof the national team for two back to back AFCON editions (2015 and 2017).
And the match would therefore serve as a motivation and boost for the team to go all the way to win the rest of its qualifying fixtures and qualify for the AFCON 2019 tournament in Cameroon.
But these days there are no longer minnows in football. And so the Seychelles national teamwho are ranked 178th in FIFA World ranking may have some tricks off its sleeves to shock the Super Eagles. The former African champions are highly experience enough and ought to have learnt from past experience, the consequences of underrating its opponent. It looks like a potentially trickery fixture for theGernot Rohr tutored side, but the array of foreign based stars at its disposal may obviously allow the west Africans take home all three points.