Nigeria Vs Senegal Game To Be Played Behind Closed Doors In Ismailia
By Iwedi Ojinmah 1 month ago
The Super Eagles will play their last tune-up game before Afcon kicks off next week against the Teranga Lions of Senegal on Sunday as part of their preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The encounter is expected to be an entertaining one based on the rivalry existing between both countries and the quality of players in both teams. As we know the Senegalese are Africa's top-ranked team.
Here are the top five things Nigerians should be on the lookout for.
1. Plenty of Goals
The encounter is expected to witness many goals from both sides based on current form. Each of the strikers in Rohr's final squad scored an impressive number of goals for their respective clubs, while, Senegal strikers also did the same throughout the season.
Judging by the strikers' deadly form, the two goalies are expected to find the ball in their net on many occasions.
After the Zimbabwe game, this will come as a welcome relief.
2. High Physical Game
Historically, all matches between two West African countries are always accompanied by hard tackles, and show of strength and agility.
Though both sides will be very cautious with their tackles on Sunday, the encounter is set to be a very physical one.
3. Great Attacking Moves From Both Sides
Senegal and Nigeria are known for their attacking style of play, hence, the supporters will be treated to a highly entertaining game.
Sadio Mane's high converting rate and Ismaila Sarr's pace will be massively put to the test by coach Aliou Cisse while Gernot Rohr will want to see more from Samuel Chukwueze and Paul Onuachu.
4. Strong Starting Lineup
This is the last preparatory match for the Super Eagles before their AFCON opener against Burundi, therefore, Rohr is expected to name a strong team.
Ekong and Musa, who started from the bench against Zimbabwe last weekend, are expected to be in the starting lineup.
5. Fewer Substitutions From Gernot Rohr
This game is organized to help Rohr access the fitness level of his players and to help boost the chemistry between his players ahead of Burundi's challenge.
We should expect fewer substitutions from the gaffer who will want to see if some players can complete a game
Sadly the game set to hold at the Ismailia Stadium (above) will be played behind closed doors.
This is because both coaches of Nigeria and Senegal have unanimously agreed on this as they hope to use the practice game to run through some last-minute tactical experiments on their respective teams.
According to the media officer of the Super Eagles, Toyin Ibitoye, the decision has been backed by the Confederation of African Football.
“Both coaches agreed that the game should be played behind closed doors and this move has been backed by CAF,” Ibitoye said.
“The plan is to ensure that the game is away from public view — and overzealous challenges.