The home-based Super Eagles of Nigeria face one of the their toughest group fixtures at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) as they battle Group C leaders, Libya at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier, Morocco on Friday.
Libya defeated Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in their first group match on Monday and look determined to keep the top position after the game against Nigeria who were held to a barren draw by Rwanda in their first game.
The Eagles, coached by Salisu Yusuf, are placed second on the group standings with one point from one game. They are only a point above fourth-placed Equatorial Guinea and would need the maximum three points against Libya to keep any hope qualifying for the knockout stage of the championship.
Coach Yusuf is expected to ring some changes in the squad, especially in the attack which could not convert chanced during the game with Rwanda.
“It’s very likely Ifeanyi Ifeanyi will be one of the players to give way against Libya.
“He has struggled for form and Austin Oladapo, who replaced him against Rwanda, was far more convincing.”
Incidentally, ex-Flying Eagles midfielder Ifeanyi Ifeanyi has been involved with the main Super Eagles.
Plateau United left back Daniel Itodo could be another player to lose his starter’s shirt tomorrow.
The Libya match will kick off by 5.30 pm (Nigeria Time) in Tangier.