Nigeria vs Sierra Leone
The Super Eagles are favourites to take all three points when they face Sierra Leone on Friday in the first of their Africa Cup of Nations double-header.
Here are the Nigerian players who Goal's Oluwaseye Omidiora is tipping to cause the Leone Stars the most problems on gameweek three.
Osimhen’s all-round game of being largely potent in the box whilst tending to bring teammates into play will raise the standard in the African giants' game against Sierra Leone after the somewhat lower standard last time out.
Even though the former Lille striker hasn’t been at his goalscoring best for the Azzurri, his five goal contributions — three goals and two assists — so far in qualifying means he’ll be Nigeria’s biggest threat without question.
He gets a lot of stick from supporters but Iwobi remains one of the side’s most important players.
The Everton attacking midfielder is not only capable of playing in multiple positions but is integral to Rohr’s side keeping possession and progressing the play into dangerous areas.
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Aribo is a sleek operator given his style and calmness in possession.
Having missed October’s internationals, the Rangers midfielder returns to the Super Eagles looking to improve in the middle of the park after his understudies struggled against both North African nations last month.
Part of this is due to Rohr’s annoying insistence on having inadequate natural midfielders in the set-up, still, Aribo’s return brings quality to the middle of the park for Nigeria despite the paucity of options.
This won’t be music to the ears of the Leone Stars, who not only have to deal with a returning energetic striker but arguably the team's best midfielder after currently injured Wilfred Ndidi.
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The marauding left-back’s debut against Algeria offered promise for the three-time African champions, especially after struggles to find the best man for that wide defensive berth on the left.
Sanusi’s first-half showing against Djamel Belmadi’s team was particularly the highlight and the Porto left-back’s impetus going forward would be an attacking weapon for Rohr’s men vs their West African visitors.
With Osimhen now back in the fold, the wide defender’s threat in the final third could theoretically be enhanced with a more potent forward on the pitch.
The winger’s pace and direct running with the ball will always be a danger to any opponent, and this gets harder to deal with when aforementioned player is in the right headspace.
The Leone Stars will hope the wide forward isn’t on his game, but that can’t be guaranteed given his recent success in front of goal for the Yellow Submarine.