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Afcon 2021: Predicting Nigeria's XI for the Tunisia clash

11:57 GMT 23/01/2022
Nigeria - Super Eagles
Austin Eguavoen could make changes to the starting XI that secured Wednesday's win, for the crucial Round of 16 encounter in Garoua on Sunday

  • Maduka Okoye - Nigeria

    Goalkeeper - Maduka Okoye

    Okoye should reclaim his spot between the sticks after he was rested in Wednesday's win over Guinea-Bissau.

  • Troost-Ekong Nigeria Egypt 2022

    Defender - William Troost-Ekong

    One of the regulars in Eguavoen's team and he has played every minute of their games in Cameroon so far. He is also the team leader in the absence of Ahmed Musa.

  • Kenneth Omeruo

    Defender - Kenneth Omeruo

    Omeruo is expected to return to his partnership with Ekong at centre-back. Their link-up should help cage the Carthage Eagles.

  • Zaidu Sanusi - Nigeria vs Egypt's Mohamed Salah

    Defender - Zaidu Sanusi

    The Porto left-back might displace Jamilu Collins and he will be needed to support the defence and help the attack in their push for goal(s).

  • Ola Aina, Nigeria vs Liberia

    Defender - Ola Aina

    Should be back in the team to help provide more defensive cover and attacking runs on the right flank.

  • Wilfred Ndidi - Nigeria

    Midfielder - Wilfred Ndidi

    The midfield marshal will provide a shield for the defence and his tackles will help to limit the attacking threats of Tunisia.

  • Joe Aribo - Nigeria

    Midfielder - Joe Aribo

    Aribo should be fresh to dominate the midfield for Nigeria after he was rested against Guinea-Bissau, he was not even included in the team sheet.

    The Rangers star has proved his quality in Cameroon and he has been impressive in the no. 10 role.

  • CAN 2022 Nigeria Moses Simon

    Midfielder - Moses Simon

    Arguably, Nigeria's stand-out player at the 2021 Afcon so far and his influence was felt immediately after he was introduced as a second-half substitute against Guinea-Bissau.

    His untiring work rate comes as a boost for the Super Eagles as they eye a place in the quarter-finals.

  • Samuel Chukwueze, Nigeria

    Midfielder - Samuel Chukwueze

    His creative skills and runs will be required to boost the Super Eagles' push for goals in Garoua.

  • Kelechi Iheanacho, Super Eagles - Nigeria

    Forward - Kelechi Iheanacho

    Iheanacho has been the supporting striker for the three-time African champions and he has played the role brilliantly in his last three games with an assist and a goal.

  • Taiwo Awoniyi, Ahmed Hegazi - Nigeria vs Egypt

    Forward - Taiwo Awoniyi

    The Union Berlin star was also rested in the last match but he is tipped to lead the Super Eagles' attack ahead of Umar Sadiq in a crucial knockout game.