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Senegal vs Nigeria: Squad news & match preview

9:08 PM MYT 16/06/2019
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The Super Eagles continue with their Afcon preparations with a tricky friendly against the Lions of Teranga in Ismailia on Sunday

Nigeria continue their Africa Cup of Nations build-up with a closed doors clash versus Senegal at the Ismailia Stadium, Ismailia.

The encounter against the Lions of Teranga will give Gernot Rohr the chance to evaluate his side, as there are still plenty of problems to be fixed – especially in the attacking department before they begin their World Cup campaign against Burundi.

Aliou Cisse led Senegal to their second Fifa World Cup since 2002 and his priority would be to lead the Lions of Teranga to an impressive outing in Egypt.

Game Senegal vs Nigeria
Date Sunday, June 16
Time 18:00 WAT / 7:00pm (local)
Stream (Nigeria only) -

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

The game is a closed doors encounter and will not be watched on television. Also, it will not be available for live stream.

Squads & Team News

Position Senegal players
Goalkeepers Diallo, Gomis, Mendy
Defenders Koulibaly, Wague, Cisse, Sane, Sabaly, Gassama, Ciss, Kouyate
Midfielders Ndiaye, Gueye, Diatta, Alioune, Saivet
Forwards Sarr, Balde, Niang, Konate, Diagne, Thioub, Mane

It remains to be seen if Aliou Cisse will take the opportunity to experiment against Nigeria, though it is more likely that he will begin to lay the groundwork for his starting XI in Egypt.

Between the sticks, Spal goalkeeper Alfred Gomis provides a dependable last line of defence, with Lamine Gassama, Cheikhou Kouyate and Salif Sane expected to start against the three-time African champions.

Potential Senegal starting XI: Gomis, Gassama, Cisse, Sabal, Ndiaye, Saivet, Gueye, Konate, Diagne, Thioub, Balde

Position Nigeria players
Goalkeepers Uzoho, Ezenwa, Akpeyi
Defenders Aina, Shehu, Awaziem, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Omeruo, Collins 
Midfielders Obi, Ndidi, Etebo, Etebo, Ogu
Forwards Musa, Osimhen, Simon, Onyekuru, Ighalo, Iwobi, Kalu, Onuachu, Chukwueze

Nigeria are expected to parade their best legs for the encounter against the Senegalese.

Having missed his country’s game against Zimbabwe, Odion Ighalo is expected to lead the Super Eagles attacking line.

Potential Nigeria starting XI: Uzoho; Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Collins; Ndidi, Obi Mikel, Chukwueze, Onazi, Musa; Ighalo

Betting & Match Odds

Senegal are overwhelming favourites at 2.30 on Nairabet, while a draw between the two sides is offered at 2.85 and a Nigeria upset is up for 3.20

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Match Preview

Nigeria qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations with ease - sailing through a group also featuring South Africa, Seychelles and Libya - and, as such, this encounter with Senegal is an intriguing one.

The Lions of Teranga have strength in depth, and a core comprising a number of Premier League players, and they will be a tough nut to crack.

They, too, topped their group, beating Equatorial Guinea and Sudan and Madagascar (who will face the Super Eagles in Alexandria), to confirm their ticket to Egypt.

Manager Gernot Rohr is likely to play a strong team, as he bids to prepare his side for their opening game against Burundi.

Momentum, of course, is key, and the Super Eagles would do well to be wary, as Senegal will also be looking to kick off their preparations with a bang.