Nigeria will be up against Sierra Leone at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin for Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, all eyes will be on the Super Eagles to grab the three points against the Leone Stars on Friday.
Though on paper it looks that certain that the Super Eagles will come out of this encounter victoriously with BetPay odds in favour of the home team to win @1.14 odds and 22.20 odds for Sierra Leone win.
Many have failed to consider that Gernot Rohr will be without defender Keneth Omeuro (Leganes) his ever solid defensive midfielder Ndidi will miss the clash and this could be a loophole for the Sierra Leone attackers to explore.
Moreso, Nantes attacker Moses Simon and Bordeaux attacking midfielder will also watch from the sidelines as due to injuries.
Sierra Leone manager John Keister was able to call on one of most his most experienced defender Umaru Bangura who was declared fit for the clash.
The FC Zurich defender was cleared of Covid-19, though he was not initially included in the squad to face the Super Eagles.
Bangura’s experience is expected to help the defensive quality of the team when they square against Nigeria, the 33-year old star is the captain of the team and he is expected to resume his role with Ishmael Koroma, who represents newly promoted Swedish Superettan side Vasalund IF, will have to make way for the return of the country’s captain.
Bangura revisited his retirement plan after his house was destroyed by angry fans after he missed the last spot-kick against Liberia in a 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying clash.
With the presence of the Sierra Leone best legs and absence of Super Eagles, main players expect a feisty affair from Keister’s men.