Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo will on Thursday renew football rivalry in a friendly game in...
Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo will on Thursday renew football rivalry in a friendly game in Belgium.
DR Congo, who won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1968 and 1974, has remained a strong force in African football, and never a squad to treat with kid gloves. But they face a supercharged Eagles loaded with plenty of new and enthusiastic talent, and fortified by some of the old guard.
There are three –time FIFA World Cup star Vincent Enyeama, defenders Efe Ambrose and Elderson Echiejile, midfielders John Mikel Obi and Ogenyi Onazi as well as forwards Ahmed Musa and Emmanuel Emenike (who have all played at the FIFA World Cup), and relatively new faces Carl Ikeme, Dele Alampasu, Leon Balogun, Abdullahi Shehu, Kingsley Madu, Wilfred Ndidi, William Troost Ekong, Obiora Nwankwo, Rabiu Ibrahim, Sylvester Igbonu, Moses Simon, Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi.
Oliseh called up former junior international goalkeeper Dele Alampasu from Portugal, as well as defenders Kingsley Madu and Wilfred Ndidi, and on Wednesday directed the six players and backroom staff yet to be issued visas by the Embassy of Belgium in Abuja to report to Port Harcourt.
Thursday’s clash of the Eagles and Leopards will start at 7pm at the VISE Stadium, and will be the first between both countries’ senior teams in five-and-half-years.
Crystal Palace attacker, Yannick Bolasie will be the man Nigerians should dread in Thursday’s international friendly against Congo Democratic Republic, as the attacker has vowed to replicate his deadly runs at club level when he goes out in action against the Super Eagles.
DRC can also boast of fiery form from Villarreal of Spain striker, Cedric Bakambu, who was a shock call-up in place of the equally fearsome Dieumerci Mbokani.
However, The Leopards will be without their inspirational captain, Yousuf Mulumbu, as the Norwich City defender continues his rehabilitation from a knock, while Chievo Verona of Italy winger, Paul-Jose Mpoku will also miss the game through injury