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Afcon 2021: Predicting the Super Eagles' starting XI vs Sudan

12:46 AM IST 15/01/22
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GOAL predicts Austin Eguavoen's selection for their second Group D match at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday.

  • Maduka Okoye - Nigeria

    Goalkeeper - Maduka Okoye

    The 22-year-old was barely tested against Egypt on Tuesday, so he should keep his no. 1 spot against the Falcons of Jediane.

  • Troost-Ekong Nigeria Egypt 2022

    Defender - William Troost-Ekong

    Co-ordinated not just the defence but the whole team on Tuesday and he is a dominant force at the back.

  • Semi Ajayi - Nigeria

    Defender - Semi Ajayi

    Ajayi is tipped for a starting role after Omeruo was replaced in the opening win because of an injury.

    The Leganes centre-back has returned to training but Eguavoen should not risk rushing him back to action.

  • Ola Aina - Nigeria's Super Eagles

    Defender - Ola Aina

    He was everywhere on the right flank against Egypt.

    In that game, the Torino full-back completed the most tackles (six) and made key crosses that almost led to another goal for the Super Eagles.

  • Zaidu Sanusi - Nigeria vs Egypt's Mohamed Salah

    Defender - Zaidu Sanusi

    Deserves to keep the left-back position after playing to Eguavoen's instructions which led to Mohamed Salah's silence in Tuesday's game.

  • Wilfred Ndidi Nigeria

    Midfielder - Wilfred Ndidi

    The midfield marshal remains a key fixture in the Super Eagles and will retain his place, barring any late injury.

  • Joe Aribo, CAR

    Midfielder - Joe Aribo

    Against Sudan, Aribo won't just transition the midfield into the attack, but will need to unleash his creativity to unlock what will likely be a low-block Sudan defence.

  • Iwobi, Iheanacho

    Midfielder - Alex Iwobi

    The Everton midfielder might be called upon to boost Nigeria's chances of dominating the game in early stages. His creativity and direct running should help unsettle the Falcons of Jediane.

  • Moses Simon, Abu Razard, Nigeria vs Liberia

    Forward - Moses Simon

    His pacy runs will be a key weapon against Sudan and his ability to get beyond defenders will be tested.

  • Kelechi Iheanacho, Super Eagles - Nigeria

    Forward - Kelechi Iheanacho

    He was the team's hero on Tuesday and the match-winning goal against Egypt earns him a spot in the frontline.

  • Taiwo Awoniyi, Ahmed Hegazi - Nigeria vs Egypt

    Forward - Taiwo Awoniyi

    The Union Berlin striker has the qualities to establish the Super Eagles' presence in the Sudanese box. He was unlucky not to score in the last match in Garoua and will want to get his name on the scoreboard.