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Afcon 2021: Iheanacho and Awoniyi lead Nigeria attack against Egypt

14:50 IST 11/01/2022
Kelechi Iheanacho Nigeria
The Leicester City and Union Berlin stars will lead the Super Eagles charge for goals against the North African side in Garoua

  • Maduka Okoye - Nigeria

    Goalkeeper - Maduka Okoye

    Coach Augustine Eguavoen has kept faith in the Sparta Rotterdam player to stop the attacking forays of the Pharaohs of Egypt in Garoua.

  • William Troost-Ekong, Nigeria

    Defender - William Troost-Ekong

    Named as the captain of the day, the Watford defender will not only be coordinating the team but also have his focus on organising the defensive set-up.

  • Kenneth Omeruo

    Defender - Kenneth Omeruo

    One of the two surviving members of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squad, the Spain based centre-back will partner Ekong and will be saddled with the responsibility of caging Mohamed Salah.

  • Ola Aina, Nigeria vs Liberia

    Defender - Ola Aina

    The Torino man is expected to cover for the defence from the right-wing and also support the attack by floating in crosses.

  • Zaidu Sanusi of FC Porto

    Defender - Zaidu Sanusi

    Following the late arrival of Paderborn's Jamilu Collins in Garoua, Sanusi has been handed a place in the starting XI - thus making his Afcon debut.

  • Wilfred Ndidi Nigeria

    Midfielder - Wilfred Ndidi

    Unarguably one of the most consistent performers in the Super Eagles set-up.

    Ndidi will play the anchorman role with his tackles to support the defence and help Nigeria win more balls.

  • Joe Aribo, CAR

    Midfielder - Joe Aribo

    Coming from an impressive campaign in the Scottish Premiership, the Rangers star will play as no. 10 for Austin Eguavoen's side.

    Aribo's qualities include producing defence-splitting passes and the ability to score goals.

  • Moses Simon

    Winger - Moses Simon

    Simon is another force that gives more energy to the attack with his runs and dribbles to cut through the Egyptian defence. He is expected to help the defence too ocassionally.

  • Samuel Chukwueze Nigeria South Africa

    Winger - Samuel Chukwueze

    The Villarreal winger is expected to make attacking runs on the flanks. His creativity will also come as an advantage for the West Africans.

  • Kelechi Iheanacho, Nigeria

    Forward - Kelechi Iheanacho

    Iheanacho will play a supporting role up front and his experience in the team could also help the Super Eagles make a commanding start to the game.

  • Taiwo Awoniyi Union Berlin 2021-22

    Forward - Taiwo Awoniyi

    Owing to the absence of Victor Osimhen and Odion Ighalo, the Union Berlin striker will be the target man to lead the Super Eagles frontline at the Roumde Adjia Stadium.

    His agility, height and power will be crucial to unsettle the Pharaohs.