Nigeria vs Guinea-Bissau: Predicting Super Eagles’ 23-man squad

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Victor Osimhen, Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina, Daniel Akpeyi, Peter Etebo of Nigeria
Who should be Jose Peseiro’s 23 Super Eagles for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers?
  1. Francis Uzoho
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    Francis Uzoho

    He played nine matches for the national side in 2022, and with some of his rivals either struggling for gametime or failing to impress, Uzoho should join the squad as Peseiro’s No. 1

  2. Maduka Okoye

    Maduka Okoye

    Struggling for gametime at Watford, Okoye has made just two competitive appearances all season. It’s not ideal, but at 23, he can’t be jettisoned from the national side.

  3. Adebayo Adeleye

    Impressive in Israel this season, is it time for the Hapoel Jerusalem man to receive his maiden Super Eagles call-up?

  4. Calvin Bassey

    Calvin Bassey

    Bassey’s form at Ajax may be patchy, but he’s the future of the Nigeria defence, and will be a key man against Guinea-Bissau.

  5. Tyronne Ebuehi

    Tyronne Ebuehi

    Peseiro he’s indicated that he’s keeping tabs on Ebuehi, and following some encouraging recent displays for Empoli, it’s time for the right-back to truly relaunch his international career.

  6. Ola Aina
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    Ola Aina

    The versatile full-back appears primed for a move away from Torino this year—West Ham United and Leeds United are both linked to his signature—but in the meantime, expect him to take his place with the Super Eagles.

  7. Kenneth Omeruo

    Kenneth Omeruo

    Omeruo returned to action for Leganes this weekend following the shoulder injury he sustained in mid-January, and with central defensive options short on the ground, expect him to be drafted back into the fold.

  8. Zaidu Sanusi

    Zaidu Sanusi

    Nigeria’s first-choice left-back, Sanusi should still see off competition from Jamilu Collins to keep his place in the starting XI.

  9. Olisa Ndah

    Olisa Ndah

    With William Troost-Ekong struggling with fitness and unlikely to join the set-up, Orlando Pirates’ Ndah could have the opportunity to force his way back into the squad.

  10. Kevin Akpoguma

    Kevin Akpoguma

    Another central defensive option who could be primed to benefit from the injury problems encountered by Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun.

  11. Wilfred Ndidi

    Wilfred Ndidi

    Injuries have affected his season with Leicester City, but Ndidi should still be Nigeria’s first-choice anchorman.

  12. Alex Iwobi

    Alex Iwobi

    A revelation at Everton this season, can Iwobi bring his encouraging recent form to the international arena.

  13. Joe Aribo
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    Joe Aribo

    Aribo continues to struggle for regular gametime at Southampton—he’s played 90 minutes just once in 2023 so far—but he remains a valuable asset for the Super Eagles.

  14. Oghenekaro Etebo

    Oghenekaro Etebo

    Featuring regularly for Aris in the Greek Super League, Etebo’s versatility and dynamism make him a valued squad option.

  15. Raphael Onyedika

    Raphael Onyedika

    It’s been a controversial start to the year for Onyedika at Club Brugge, but he’s still been playing at a high level—in the Champions League—and deserves consideration.

  16. Victor Osimhen
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    Victor Osimhen

    Utterly lethal at Napoli this season—and on track for the Scudetto—is Osimhen primed for a major transfer to the Premier League during the summer?

  17. Terem Moffi

    Terem Moffi

    Enjoying life at OGC Nice after signing from FC Lorient in January, Moffi appears primed to be an option off the bench for Nigeria with Osimhen likely to lead the line.

  18. Kelechi Iheanacho

    Kelechi Iheanacho

    Nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month for February, Iheanacho could be a valuable option for Nigeria in tandem with Osimhen.

  19. Ademola Lookman

    Ademola Lookman

    A revelation in Serie A with Atalanta this season, Lookman has gone off the boil recently but he still boasts enough quality to cause serious problems for Guinea-Bissau.

  20. Samuel Chukwueze

    Samuel Chukwueze

    Chukwueze has enjoyed a purple patch of form for Villarreal recently, and Super Eagles fans will be delighted to see his link-up with Osimhen.

  21. Moses Simon

    Moses Simon

    Not enjoying his best season at Nantes—Simon has only registered one assist and has zero goals since mid-November.

    Nonetheless, he should be in Peseiro’s squad for the double-header.

  22. Victor Boniface

    Victor Boniface

    With Taiwo Awoniyi still recovering from injury, places are opening up in attack, and Europa League Player of the Week nominee Victor Boniface should be considered by Peseiro.

  23. Paul Onuachu

    Paul Onuachu

    Offering a classic Plan B off the bench—despite not yet scoring for Southampton—Onuachu should squeeze Cyriel Dessers out of the squad.