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#1 Ahmed Musa
2018 was undeniably the year of Ahmed Musa. A star turn at the World Cup saw him return to prominence within the national team set-up, and it was his shot from distance, which went in via the woodwork and the goalkeeper, in the away meeting with Seychelles that set the ball rolling.
His pace could prove too much the part-timers to handle here as well.
Being one of the few members of the squad with a capacity for the unexpected will also come in handy in breaking down the obdurate visitors, who will no doubt come with the intention to spoil.
#2 Odion Ighalo
The Shanghai Shenhua striker remains, for all the doubts surrounding the quality of the Chinese Super League, the Super Eagles’ most trusted striker...at least in Gernot Rohr’s eyes.He missed out on the last qualifier, as Nigeria earned a place at the Africa Cup of Nations with a draw away against South Africa, but on his day, he remains lethal: he showed as much against Libya home and away, and will be itching to put the memory of his misses in the first fixture between these two behind him.
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#3 Henry Onyekuru
Onyekuru came on in the away leg and had a couple of bright moments. However, he will be acutely aware that, in order carve out a niche for himself in the national team, he needs more than a couple of bright moments.
He is very much in the Musa mould, in that his pace and movement can unnerve opponents, but Onyekuru also brings genuine dribbling ability to the table as well.
With a point to prove, he can make a real impression on the day, to the detriment of the visitors.
#4 Alex Iwobi
The biggest beneficiary of John Obi Mikel’s continued leave of absence has been the man they call ‘Big 17’.
In his preferred central role, he now has the reins to the team’s attack, and he has already shown the vision and creative nous needed to stake a permanent claim.
Now a more robust physical presence to boot, he is better than ever, and more confident than he’s ever been.
Tough news if you are a Seychelles fan, most definitely. He will be tasked with picking the lock of the Southern African nation on the day, and he will relish it.
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#5 Paul Onuachu
The lanky striker brings something different to the table for Gernot Rohr’s side. Strong in the air, while also being a quite proficient dribbler, he is a cocktail of menace.
Seychelles were largely untroubled aerially in the home leg, but they could be in for a whole new challenge in Asaba.
The striker will be eager to stake a claim to feature more regularly, and so will play with a lot of motivation.
As such, a team of Seychelles’ modest standing and experience could face a long afternoon in the sun.