Nigeria coach Jose Peseiro has preferred Stanley Nabwali for Francis Uzoho as the Super Eagles kick off their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a fixture against Equatorial Guinea.
The Super Eagles are making their 20th appearance in the tournament for their opponent, Equatorial Guinea, it is their fourth appearances.
The Nzalang Nacional of Equatorial Guinea are talking tough and should be taken seriously, while the Super Eagles are trying to reach new heights from the very first game.
With victories in World Cup qualifying matches against Namibia and Liberia without giving up a goal, Juan Micha’s team enters this year’s championships in excellent shape. They are undefeated throughout 2023.
Juan Micha, the coach of Equatorial Guinea, is unfazed by Nigeria’s impressive history as three-time champions and consistent semi-finalists.
Despite missing some of their top players like Wilfred Ndidi, Victor Boniface, Taiwo Awoniyi, Umar Sadiq to injury, Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro has said he is confident on the players at his disposal.
This will be the first game between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea in the AFCON however, both teams have met twice in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with the Super Eagles winning both encounter.
Here is how both teams line up
Nwabali, Aina, Troost-Ekong, Ajayi, Zaidu, Yusuf, Onyeka, Iwobi, Lookman, Simon, Osimhen.
Equatorial Guinea Starting XI
Owono, Ndong Coco, Orozco, Akapo, Bikoro, Ganet,Salvador, Pepin, Buyla, Nsue