Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Nigeria will be aiming to get their revenge on Central Africa for a shocking loss in Lagos when the two teams face each other at Barthelemy Boganda Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Super Eagles failed to impress in Thursday’s defeat, but it has to be noted that pitch conditions were terrible. Napoli attacker Victor Osimhen should continue to lead the line for the Nigerians, while Wilfried N’didi and Alex Iwobi are out of contention for the visitors.
Central Africa are likely to adopt yet another defence-minded approach, but we do not believe that they are capable of preventing Nigeria attackers from scoring for the second time in just four days. Karl Namnganda is likely to start for the hosts after scoring a late winner at Teslim Balogun Stadium, while defender Melky-Jerede Ndokomandji is out of contention through suspension.
Highlighted Player (Geoffrey Kondogbia):
Geoffrey Kondogbia is a French football player born on 15th of February 1993 in Nemours with roots in Central African Republic. Kondogbia started his football career in the youth of RC Lens where he made his debut for the first team in season 2010/2011. After playing for Sevilla and AS Monaco Kondogbia made a transfer to Inter Milan, which paid around 35 million euro.
Knodogbia is, despite his age, a very mature football player, which plays as a defensive midfielder. Being left-footed gives Kondogbia more abilities than other players in order to open up and create space in the pitch. Kondogbia made his debut for the French national team in August 2013.
Kondogbia is a very talentful player, which will be one of the best defensive midfielders In a couple of years. The competition for a spot in the starting eleven of France is very hard, which gives Kondogbia the opportunity to focus on Inter Milan.
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.