Will Nigeria Be The First Team To Breach The Cranes Defence?

  • 20,Nov 2018 04:46 AM
  • By Iwedi Ojinmah

Having secured qualification to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Johannesburg on Saturday, Nigeria host Uganda in an international friendly at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Tuesday. Many fans are hoping that with many regulars taking the understandable breather that they will get to see more of Rohr's arrows that have been up till now in his quiver.

Of particular interest will be Chukwueze, Nigeria’s new kid on the block, who everybody is eager to see in his international debut. The 19-year old Villarreal wonderkid is an exciting prospect on the ball and the fact it’s a friendly encounter may just tip the scales in his favor and earn him the nod.

The Super Eagles will aim to end the year on a winning note, but can they halt a two-game losing run - and generally poor record - against the Cranes? Nigeria has struggled in meetings between the two sides - they have two wins, one draw, and four losses - and have lost both of their last two matches against Uganda.

The Eagles were humbled 2-1 in Kampala, in a 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, before being stunned 1-0 in an international friendly played at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo in March 2015. The match coincided with the 100th international cap of Vincent Enyeama and it was the first time the Super Eagles' A team played at the venue. However, Farouk Miya's match-winner ultimately overshadowed both landmarks.

Like Nigeria, the Cranes have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations, and are the only team yet to concede a goal during the qualifying campaign. As we know Nigeria ended the South African run of not conceding on Saturday and will try and do the same again today.

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