The Super Eagles of Nigeria will look to become the first country to book a place in the Round of 16 of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt when they take on the Syli Nationale of Guinea in today’s Group B encounter at the Alexandria Stadium, Completesports.com reports.
Gernot Rohr’s men started the competition on a winning note, edging out debutants Burundi 1-0 courtesy of Odion Ighalo’s 77th minute strike.
The three-time time champions top the Group B table with three points, and a win in this game will see them secure a place in the knockout round.
Guinea on the other played out a disappointing 2-2 draw against the Barea of Madagascar in their first game.
The Super Eagles last beat the Guineans in 1997 but are the overwhelming favourites to win today’s game.
Guinea however have a slight edge over Nigeria in head-to-head clashes, with three victories, three draws and two defeats.
Nigeria’s preparation for the game has been blighted by protest over allowances and bonuses with players the shunning the pre-match conference on Tuesday and also threatening to skip training as well.
The matter was later put to rest later after strong assurance from top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation that the money will be paid.
The big boost for Nigeria is however the return to full training of Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu.
Kalu who slumped during the Super Eagles last training session before the match against Burundi as a result of dehydration has been cleared by medical team of CAF to play in the competition.
The Super Eagles will however miss the services of the injured duo; Jamilu Collins and Shehu Abdullahi in the game.
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