Afcon 2019: Naby Keita and key Guinea players to watch out for

Ahead of Nigeria's second match in Group B, we look at which members of the Sylli Nationale will pose the biggest threat to the Super Eagles' chances

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    Naby Keita

    The Liverpool man was not quite ready to return from his injury lay-off for the opening game, but is expected to be raring to go for this one. He is the glue that holds Guinea together, and gives their attacking play a whole new dimension.

    For the Super Eagles midfield, he will represent a significant test.


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    Amadou Diawara

    Diawara's passing range is hugely impressive: he is capable both of dictating the tempo and splitting defences open from deep with pinpoint balls over the top.

    He assisted Guinea's first in the draw against Madagascar, who realized too late the danger he could pose. It will be important to have someone closing him down at all times.


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    Francois Kamano

    The Bordeaux man scored in the opening game, but was short of his best form throughout. However, it would be dangerous to underestimate the forward.

    He has the flair to cause problems with the ball, and he will investigate a slight weakness for Nigeria at right-back. If he wins that battle, he could well make the Super Eagles pay.

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    Ibrahima Traore

    Traore captained the side in the opening draw against Madagascar, and will start once more on the right of the attack.

    While the Borussia Monchengladbach man can struggle for consistency, he does possess a decent shot, as well as the willingness to let fly. This may well bear fruit, with Super Eagles goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi struggling to convince.