Nigeria will continue their march for a first-ever CHAN crown should they at least pick a dr...
Nigeria will continue their march for a first-ever CHAN crown should they at least pick a draw with Guinea in a final Group C clash in Rubavu on Tuesday.
Kick-off time is 3pm Nigerian time.
Nigeria are top of the group with four points from two matches, but the first round section is still very much wide open with all four teams still in with a mathematical chance of reaching the knockout rounds of the tournament.
Both Tunisia and Guinea are on two points after they drew their first two matches, while Niger are bottom of the standings on a point.
Victory by any margin on Tuesday will guarantee the Eagles top spot in Group C, and a quarter–final date with the second–placed team in Group D, which will be determined when qualified Zambia and Mali face off on Wednesday.
A draw would be enough for qualification, as Nigeria has a two–point margin on second –placed Guinea and Tunisia, but should Tunisia achieve a high–score win over Niger Republic, top spot may not be guaranteed.
Fellow West Africans Guinea have drawn each of their two matches 2-2, against Tunisia and Niger Republic, coming from behind each time.
They pose a big threat because of their mobility and physicality of their strikers led by Alseny ‘Agogo’ Camara.
On Sunday, the Eagles arrived at Tuesday’s match venue after a three –hour road trip from Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. They are lodged at the Gorilla Hotel, close to the Kivu Beach.
The Eagles received a massive boost after leading goalscorer Chisom Chikatara and midfielder Usman Mohammed who were doubtful for the clash trained with the squad yesterday.
The 21 year old Chikatara is the leading scorer of the tournament with four goals, while midfielder Usman has emerged as a starter ahead of the more experienced Bartholomew ‘Mosquito’ Ibenegbu.
“Both Chikatara and Usman trained with the rest of the team, they are fit,” disclosed a top team official.
Chikatara has not trained with the team so as to rest a muscle complaint, while Usman stretched his groin when he went in for a tackle against Tunisia.
Enugu Rangers Orji Kalu is expected to start in the heart of the back four along with Austin Obaroakpo after an encouraging display as a replacement for the giant Stephen Eze against Tunisia.
Prediction: Nigeria 2-1 Guinea