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Zimbabwe vs Nigeria: Tella, Aribo, Simon Start; Moffi Leads Attack

Zimbabwe vs Nigeria: Tella, Aribo, Simon Start; Moffi Leads Attack

Bayer Leverkusen winger Nathan Tella has been named in the starting line-up for Nigeria’s 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture against the Warriors of Zimbabwe.

The matchday two encounter is slated for the Huye Stadium, Butare.

Head coach Jose Peseiro opted for a 4-3-3 formation.

Read Also:2026 WCQ: Zimbabwe Target First Win Against Super Eagles In 42 Years

Francis Uzoho will be in goal , while Ola Aina and Bruno Onyemaechi will operate from the right-back and left-back positions respectively.

The trio of Frank Onyeka, Joe Aribo and Alex Iwobi will operate from the midfield.

Tella will play from the right wing, while Moses Simon will occupy left-wing position.

OGC Nice forward Terem Moffi will lead the team’s attack.

Super Eagles Line-up

Francis Uzoho

Ola Aina

Semi Ajayi

Calvin Bassey

Bruno Onyemaechi

Frank Onyeka

Alex Iwobi

Nathan Tella

Moses Simon

Joseph Aribo

Terem Moffi

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • Chima E Samuels 7 months ago

    He is now doing what is right after messing up. Good line up!!!

  • Chima E Samuels 7 months ago

    2nd half quickly introduce Boniface Iheanacho and Osayi if the scores is dreadlock.

  • Imnas 7 months ago

    That guy doesn’t understand our players individual strength yet,why start aribo ahead of iheanacho, even the combo of ajayi and bassey is rubbish,ajayi, maybe yes,but bassey,I don’t know,isn’t omeruo a bit better though he messes up too,for me we can get a good defender from local scene

  • Nacho for me is better than Aribo in that position.

  • BigCole 7 months ago

    This man again why can’t he use Onyedika and Onyeka as defensive and central midfielder and push Iwobi up front as attacking midfielder it’s been very long when last we saw the best of Aribo even at club he’s not getting enough game time. We know Iwobi well he’s got these killer and splitting passes that can unlock defense.

  • Ololo 7 months ago

    He has learnt to start Simon.. Even from the friendly games it was obvious that Simon deserves to start from he kept Simon on the bench preferring to start with lookman even with the way he missed goal scoring chances again Saudi Arabia.. what a stubborn coach! When rohn was our coach, I remember how he chances his line up when it becomes clear that certain players show stay in the bench but This one is waiting before he gets sacked till he does what is right..

    This is actually our best formation.. 433 but looking like 422 in a way as aribo can also play as the second striker.. iheancho is not a winger and should be a second half replacement for aribo but I prefer aribo to start because he can play as a central midfielder as well as a second striker..

    Playing two wingers has always been our style for years and for the first time in a long while we will have two wingers starting a game, especially with Simon.. I remember when we lost again guinea Bissau it was the same idea of stating Simon that resulted to the only goal we scored in the return leg after which pesiro returned Simon to the bench after saving his ass.. hope he doesn’t do it after Simon saves him again today.

  • Steve O 7 months ago

    This coach no dey hear , so daff, why start Uzoho again ?.. I thought this coach have learned his lesson, we have seen the best of Uzoho please!! .. he should have used the home base goal keeper for this match Uzoho is minus one cos he will never recover from the mess he has put his career at the national team Super Eagles is not a rehabilitation center . We urgently need a very good goal keeper and it starts now !!

  • Unique 7 months ago

    The sauce Uzoho take prepare vegetables for Peserio strong pass Kayanmata, Even if we have Allison or Ederson in our squad, nah Uzoho the coach go still play. I think this is not natural, nah after sack hin eye go open…lol… Nigerians please pray for Peserio

  • Victor 7 months ago

    Please how can I watch this game

  • Collins Id 7 months ago

    @Imnas, what are you saying, what is wrong with bassey and ajayi line up, enough of unnecesary criticism, you guys just hate bassey for no reasons, what has the guy done wrong? They both have not consived any goal from open play, both of them are the best deffenders Nigeria have world wide, who can you compare to bassey in terms of speed, ruggedity and skills the guy is very good, and he is young, biko, you guys should let him breath, the Young lad havent commited any blonder since he has been there, ekong balogun omeruo are not better than bassey and non of them ever worth up to 10 million euro, bassey was bought from ajax to fulham for 25 million despite all the unesecary criticism, please let him breath. Nigeria have the best deffenders in Africa, haba you think to Play deffense na beans, aina ajayi bassey and saidu, are good enough for us to win Afcon, italy, brazil, germany etc all conseded two to three goals every games they play, their deffenders still plays, who said you can not be beaten even if you play nesta and ferdinand in your backline. the coach have to work on his taktics to score more goals, if a team beat you one or two nil its your attackers that have to take the blames not your defenders. Since the Time of rohr till now, our deffense havent been that bad, it is only apkoguma i can easily say wasnt good enough, the rest have all done well, nations cup and worldcup exits was caused by goal keepers.
    This coach should have played iheanacho and boniface, instead of moffi aribo in is starting line, well they can come in second half, as for osayi he should sit on the bench for aina, Aina is a boss of our rightback and we all must start to respect him, that guy is just only second to hakimi in the owl of africa right back, osayi is an attacker despite his clubs play him as wing back, pesero should bring him for either moses simon or tella in the wings, i think he is stronger than lookman in africa challenges.

    • Kubor 7 months ago

      Their pairing his poor bros, can’t you notice bassey trying to catch breath.

  • Field Marshall. General. Sir Johnbob 7 months ago

    Peseiro is a knucklehead – He is deliberately trying to sabotage the SE – I didn’t want to admit it but now I clearly see it. He has probably got a bee in his barnet and wants to repay the NFF, sports minister and Nigeria generally for whatever they’ve done wrong to him – He thinks he is too clever and is trying to use higher learning to sabotage the SE – He introduces one good player but inject 2 or 3 bad ones, he knows that that way he can argue that he is trying to do the right things and even using players who everyone knows he should be using – this time he has decided to bring Simon back who he knows will always show up for us and play Tella who we’ve all been calling for but retains Calamity Frank and just for insurance has brought in the likes of Aribo, and instead of drop Semi to show him that he needs to improve from the last game, he leaves him in.
    Okay O – Pasiero, you may think you’re smart but God is smarter than you and you will surely get commensurate comeuppance – So continue to dig a hole for yourself – If you didn’t know, Nigerian’s are used to not qualifying to major tournaments now so, we are already well adjusted and know that it is just not time for us – We know that God’s time is the best but you will pay dearly for your wickedness – whether this team beats Zimbabwe or not, I have already sussed you out- it is only to your detriment, instead of doing the right thing and letting your work speak for you and by so doing improve your own reputation and future, you would rather be vindictive abi? Just look at the team you are fielding to represent the SE’s who are flag bearers for the most populous African country?
    Mark these words Mr Presoirieo it will come back and bite in the backside BIG TIME! Yeye man!

  • This Uzoho na serious basket. See the distance of the free kick. I am tired of this eagles. Mikel just left a big hole for all these calamity mid-fielders to fill.

  • TALK UR OWN 7 months ago


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