Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2021 match:
As expected, Nigeria defeated both Benin and Lesotho in the first two group games in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. The Super Eagles aim to cement top position in Group L, and they are seen as hot favourites to win Friday’s qualifier against Sierra Leone. Both Moses Simon and Kenneth Omeruo are sidelined with injury, but Sebastian Osigwe should be available for the Sierra Leone game.
Napoli attacker Victor Osimhen, who scored the winner against Bologna at the weekend, is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts. Premier League ace Alex Iwobi should start as well. Sierra Leone, on the other hand, will be led by Minnesota United attacker Kei Kamara, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. However, home win should be considered, as Leone Stars captain Umaru Bangura has been tested positive for coronavirus.
Highlighted Player (Victor Moses):
Over the years Victor Moses has established himself as one of the best African footballers. Moses was a first-team regular for Chelsea under Antonio Conte and he scored three goals in 28 appearances for the Blues in the 2017/2018 Premier League campaign.
The Nigerian footballer, though, started his senior career at Crystal Palace, before joining Wigan Athletic in 2010. Moses played for the likes of Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham United on loan as well. Speaking of his international career, the pacey winger played for Nigeria at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and he scored two goals for the Super Eagles in a 2-0 win over Ethiopia.
Moses represented Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well where the African side faced the likes of Bosnia, Iran and Argentina in the group stages. His main position is winger, but he is used as a full-back as well. Victor Moses was born in Lagos, Nigeria on December 12, 1990.
Highlighted Team (Nigeria):
Nigeria is an African national football team controlled by Nigeria Football Federation. The Super Eagles are well known for their green and white kits, but they played some descent football in the past as well. The Nigerians did well to qualify for six of last seven World Cup finals (as of 2018), with the team reaching the last six of the showpiece tournament three times.
Jay-Jay Okocha, Taribo West and Nwankwo Kanu are the most famous footballers that played for Nigeria. The Super Eagles played their first official match back in October 1949 while still a Brittish colony and it has to be noted that they were ranked 5th in the FIFA rankings in April 1994, which remains the highest FIFA ranking position ever achieved by a national team from Africa.
Speaking of the African Cup of Nations, Nigeria won the tournament on three occasions: 1980, 1994 and 2013, with the team finishing as runners-up in 1984, 1988, 1990 and 2000.