The Super Eagles begin their expedition for a ticket to Qatar 2022 World Cup when they welcome Peter Butler’s Lone Stars to Teslim Balogun stadium on Friday.
After reaching the knockout stage at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Nigeria failed to impress in Russia three years ago, as they dropped out at the group stage after a victory and two defeats and will be keen on reaching the global tournament for the fourth consecutive occasion when they take on Liberia on Friday.
Nigeria and Liberia open their Group C account on Friday evening in Surulere, Lagos as both nations look for top spot in the group that would secure their ticket to the final round of the CAF qualification process for the 2022 Qatar World Cup next year.
The other sides in Group C, Central African Republic and Cape Verde opened with 1-1 draw this week and all eyes will be on the Super Eagles as the favourites to advance.
CAF tickets to Qatar
Five African nations will participate at the 2022 World Cup and ten second round group winners will progress to a home-away play-off with the five victors set to head to the Middle East next November.
Super Eagles Attacking Fortress
Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Genk’s Paul Onuachu have either scored or assisted a goal in Nigeria’s last three qualification games and Leicester sensational, Kelechi Iheanacho will be looking to add to his tally on Friday.
They will not only be expected to torment the Lone Star’s backline but also to get the much-needed goals.
Nigeria’s superior head-to-head record in qualifiers
Nigeria’s clash against Liberia at the Teslim Balogun Stadium will be the fifth time both countries will be paired together in qualifiers and the repeat of Brazil 2002 Africa World Cup qualification where Nigeria finished ahead of Liberia with a lone point to secure a place in Brazil.
Overall, Super Eagles have won two, lost one and drawn once against their West African foes.
Nigeria’s solid home form in World Cup qualifiers
The Super Eagles are unbeaten in their last 24 home games in World Cup qualifying matches.
Out of all these outings, the three-time African Champions won 21 fixtures and drew the remaining three.
Gernot Rohr’s men are expected to be lifted by this fantastic record when they take on Butler’s men.
Nigeria possible starting lineup:
Akpeyi; Aina, Troost-Ekong, Awaziem, Sanusi; Etebo, Ndidi; Musa, iwobi, Osimhen; Onauchu
Liberia possible starting lineup:
Songo; Jerbo, Saygbe, Dweh, Paye, Bah; Njie, Macauley, Dorley; Wilson, Sherman
This should be a easy and convincing win for Nigeria because of the presence of fierce assassins she possess in her attack and they should be able to negotiate their first three point on Friday.
Nigeria vs Liberia World Cup Qualification.
Date: Friday, 3 September 2021
Kick-off : 17:00 Nigeria Time.
Venue: Teslim Balogun Stadium.