Having secured qualification to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Johannesburg on Saturday, Nigeria host Uganda in a world pleasant on the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Tuesday.
The Super Eagles will purpose to finish the yr on a profitable be aware, however can they halt a two-game shedding run – and usually poor file – towards the Cranes?
Nigeria have struggled in conferences between the 2 sides – they’ve two wins, one draw and 4 loses – and have misplaced each of their final two matches towards Uganda.
The Eagles had been humbled 2-1 in Kampala, in a 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, earlier than being surprised 1-Zero in a world pleasant performed on the Godswill Akpabio Worldwide Stadium, Uyo in March 2015.
The match coincided with the 100th worldwide cap of Vincent Enyeama and it was the primary time the Super Eagles’ A staff performed on the venue.
Nevertheless, Farouk Miya’s match-winner in the end overshadowed each landmarks.
Like Nigeria, the Cranes have certified for the Africa Cup of Nations, and are the one staff but to concede a objective throughout the qualifying marketing campaign.
They need to show formidable opposition for the Super Eagles regardless of lacking key gamers Miya and inspirational captain Denis Onyango.
Gernot Rohr, who certified Nigeria for a second successive event with a sport to spare, has acknowledged in clear phrases that AFCON preparations start with the go to of Uganda.
“The sport towards Uganda is a part of the preparations for the 2019 Nations Cup,” he instructed journalists [as per The Guardian].
“Uganda are a robust drive in African soccer, and we imagine that the encounter will assist us to take a look at the lapses within the staff and the way to right them.
“It should additionally assist us to deal with getting the right combination for the Nations Cup.”
The match gives Rohr a possibility to entry his fringe gamers and additional combine extra children right into a multi-talented squad.
Breakout star Samuel Chukwueze, barring any last-minute setback, ought to earn the primary of many worldwide caps, whereas Victor Osimhen and Isaac Success have a possibility to impress Rohr within the centre-forward place.
Historical past will not be on Nigeria’s facet, however they actually have the standard – and the momentum – to keep away from a 3rd successive defeat by Uganda.