Former Nigerian striker, Jonathan Akpoborie believes the Super Eagles will face a difficult challenge against Cape Verde in Tuesday’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the Estádio da Várzea.
Recall that Nigeria defeated Liberia 2-0 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos to move top of Group C after the Super Eagles next opponent, the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde played out a 1-1- draw against Central Africa Republic (CAR).
However, Nigeria will play their World Cup qualification away match against Cape Verde without any of its English Premier League (EPL) stars. Cape Verde is one of the countries listed on the UK’s COVID-19 “red list”, which means Nigeria will be without Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, William Troost Ekong, Alex Iwobi, among other of their EPL stars.
In a chat with Completesports.com, the former Wolfsburg star lauded the team’s performance against the Lone Stars of Liberia and called for quick attention on Cape Verde game on Tuesday.
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“This game is done and dusted. I am indeed delighted with the general performance of the Super Eagles players against Liberia. However, the technical crew must turn their attention on Tuesday’s game against Cape Verde.
“Liberia gave a true account of themselves but Cape Verde may pose a difficult threat considering the fact that Nigeria may miss some of their key players for the away clash due to Covid-19 rule by the UK govt. Well, I am optimistic the Super Eagles will pick the maximum point but they must be very careful.”