CAF African Player of the Year Victor Osimhen leads the line with an in form and formidable prowess for Nigeria, to the extent that even with a plethora of talent in attack, the Super Eagles can look listless without the Napoli man. His athleticism and work ethic often make the best of innocuous situations, and that will be required here.
What little service he gets will likely come via the left boot of Kelechi Iheanacho, whose ability to slide passes through opposing defences is almost entirely unique within the squad as a whole. The Leicester man is also capable of the unexpected, especially with his shooting from distance.
With Peseiro paying scant little attention to the middle of the park, a lot will rest on Wilfred Ndidi’s shoulders and his ability to both keep things secure in midfield and protect the defence.
Francis Uzoho; Bright Osayi-Samuel, Semi Ajayi, Calvin Bassey, Bruno Onyemaechi; Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi; Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Osimhen, Victor Boniface, Moses Simon.