Nigeria could seal top spot in their qualifying group for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations when they take on Seychelles at the Stephen Keshi Stadium today.
Nigeria won the reverse fixture 3-0 last September, with Ahmed Musa, Chidozie Awaziem and Odion Ighalo getting on the scoresheet for the Super Eagles in Mahe.
Three –time African champions Nigeria currently sit one point clear at the top of Group E going into the final round of fixtures and have already secured their place at the Africa Cup of Nations holding in Egypt this summer, regardless of what happens in Asaba.
But the Eagles have spoken of a need to end the qualification series on a high and maintain reputation while using the game to kick –start preparations for the AFCON.
A 1-1 draw with South Africa in November was enough to secure Nigeria’s spot with a game to spare, guaranteeing at least a top-two finish while the South Africans battle with Libya in the final round of fixtures.
However, their past two matches have ended in draws – including a goalless stalemate with Uganda last time out – and a repeat of that scoreline today may not be enough to guarantee them top spot.
Seychelles conceded 11 goals in their two away games in the qualifying series, five against Libya and six against South Africa.
Speaking ahead of the game Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has makes a demand from his Players to attack Seychelles from the blast of the referee’s whistle.
“I want to see the team go forward to score goals on a pitch which is not the biggest, “We want to find spaces tactically behind this defence of Seychelles.
According to Rohr, “It will not be easy, they have prepared their team very well since the beginning of March in Ethiopia and they have had a long preparation,”
CAF has named Cape Verde official Fabricio Duarte as referee for tomorrow’s match. His compatriot, Jose Carlos Alexandre Pina Mendes is the assistant referee 1, with Delgade Fernandes Wilson Jorge as assistant referee 2 and Delgado Rocha Lenine as fourth official.
The match commissioner is Martin Gomez from Gambia, while Togolese Latre-Kavi Edzona Lawson Hogban will be referee assessor. The match starts at 4pm.