The Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Stadium is set to witness a seismic clash as Sierra Leone takes on the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their bid to secure a spot in the highly anticipated 2023 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, Soccernet.ng reports.
While the Nigerian football fans eagerly await the showdown, several Super Eagles players have showcased exceptional performances for their clubs this season and are expected to play crucial roles for Jose Peseiro’s side.
Having been overtaken in the Group A standings by Guinea-Bissau, the AFCON 2013 champions are keen on securing a draw or a victory to solidify their position in the upcoming tournament.
As the Super Eagles gear up for this vital match, here are the top five Nigerian stars who are worth keeping a close eye on:
The Nottingham Forest striker has been in scintillating form, scoring 10 goals, including a memorable strike against Arsenal. With his ability to find the back of the net, Awoniyi will be a key player to watch as he aims to impact the upcoming match.
The Serie A record-breaker had a phenomenal season with Napoli, clinching the title of the league’s best striker. With 26 goals to his name, Osimhen brings immense talent and a killer instinct in front of goal. His ability to create scoring opportunities will be crucial for the Super Eagles’ success.
The Leicester City forward was sensational last season, earning the club’s Player of the Season award. Iheanacho’s clinical finishing, creativity, and playmaking abilities make him a potent threat in the attacking third. His contributions will be vital as he looks to continue his impressive run.
The wing-back showcased his immense talent in the Super Eagles’ previous tie against Guinea-Bissau. Osayi-Samuel’s pace, skill, and ability to deliver accurate crosses make him a valuable asset on the flank. He will be aiming to replicate his excellent form and provide a constant threat to the opposition’s defence.
The experienced defender played a crucial role in shoring up the Super Eagles’ defence in their last match against Guinea-Bissau. Omeruo’s composure, positioning, and ability to read the game make him a reliable presence at the back. He will be instrumental in maintaining defensive solidity and thwarting Sierra Leone’s attacking threats.