The north Africans were decimated by the Nigerian in Uyo and will be eyeing a revenge mission to boost their Afcon 2019 chances Nigeria won t
The Super Eagles made a false start to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification, losing 2-0 at home to South Africa. However, their 3-0 victory in Seychelles seems to have turned their fortunes around as they are now second in Group E.
Libya are still hurt following their 4-0 defeat in Uyo, however, and will relish the opportunity to put one over on the three-time African Kings in Tunisia.
|Game||Libya vs Nigeria|
|Date||Tuesday, October 16|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Nachnouch, Arraka, Ouhichi|
|Defenders||Terbi, Mohamed, Jemal, Omran|
|Midfielders||Sabou, Khalifa, Maksi, Musrati, Ahmad|
|Forwards||Ali, Chadi, Ellafi, Solah-Mahrek, Houni, Tajouri-Shradi, Zaabia, Seltou, Belaid, Mrimi|
Coach Omar Al-Maryami is expected to start goalkeeper Mohamed Abdaula in goal despite his fair showing in the first leg.
There are no injury worries in the camp of the Mediterranean Knights, so there is a high possibility of keeping fate in the starting XI that featured at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.
Potential Libya XI: Abdaula, Maghazi, Sabbou, Masaud, Ben Ali, Abdussalam, Eltrbi, Mohamed, Sharadi, Saltou, Ahmed
|Goalkeepers||Uzoho, Ezenwa, Akpeyi|
|Defenders||Aina, Ajayi, Idowu, Awaziem, Ekong, Balogun, Omeruo, Collins|
|Midfielders||Ndidi, Etebo, Ogu|
|Forwards||Musa, Iheanacho, Simon, Onyekuru, Ighalo, Iwobi, Kalu, Success|
Gernot Rohr will be missing Ogenyi Onazi and Shehu Abdullahi through injury but he has the quality to fill their vacuum.
John Ogu continues to be frozen out of the national team with his bench role, with hat-trick hero Odion Ighalo expected to lead the forward line.
Potential Nigeria XI: Uzoho, Aina, Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Collins, Ndidi, Etebo, Kalu, Iwobi, Musa, Ighalo
Previous Match Preview
Libya were silenced 4-0 by Nigeria at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in the first leg played on Saturday.
Odion Ighalo’s treble propelled the 2013 African champions past the north Africans, before Samuel Kalu completed the rout in the closing stages of the game.
Tuesday’s visit to Sfax, however, represents another stiff test of Rohr’s Super Eagles since going down to South Africa in Uyo, and with a place in Cameroon 2019 a major priority – the Mediterranean Knights will be keen to take a strong result from Stade Taïeb Mhiri.
Key to Nigeria’s success so far have been the performances of strikers Odion Ighalo and Samuel Kalu, who have stepped up to make sure the absence of the departed Victor Moses has barely been felt.
Ighalo leads the qualification scoring charts alongside Knowledge Musona with four goals so far, while Mohamed Salah trails by three.
Rohr will be without Shehu Abdullahi and Onazi but the visitors will perhaps feel confident of a result against a shaky Libyan backline.