The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set to face Saudi Arabia tomorrow at the Estádio Municipal de Portimão in an international friendly, part of their preparations for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, Soccernet.ng reports.
A total of 24 Super Eagles players have reported to camp, with the notable return of Maduka Okoye.
This selection by Jose Peseiro is expected to field the best players for the friendly matches.
Meanwhile, in a previous report, Victor Ikpeba expressed confidence in the squad’s ability to challenge the defenses of Saudi Arabia and Mozambique.
Here’s a closer look at the top five Super Eagles stars to watch in the match against Saudi Arabia:
The prolific Nigerian striker has continued his goal-scoring form from the previous season, netting six goals in eight domestic league appearances.
He recently scored a hat-trick against Sao Tome, securing a 6-0 victory. Osimhen is now the fourth-highest goal scorer in Nigeria’s history and aims to surpass Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Segun Odegbami in the records against Saudi Arabia.
The Bayer Leverkusen forward has gained recognition both in the Nigerian and global football communities. Since his move from Union SG, he has scored seven goals in seven domestic league matches.
Fans expect him to contribute his high energy and performance to the Super Eagles squad, likely to have more playing time compared to his 27-minute appearance against Sao Tome and Principe.
Despite playing in the challenging EFL Championship League, Ndidi continues to shine.
He was named the Skybet Player of the Month for September after providing three assists and scoring a goal.
Ndidi has brought his remarkable performance to the Super Eagles, controlling the midfield effectively during his 81 minutes on the field against Sao Tome. Fans anticipate him to lead the team to victory against Saudi Arabia.
Osayi-Samuel, a dynamic 25-year-old Fenerbahce defender, always gives his best when playing for Nigeria.
Known for his relentless play and ability to break through defenses, he is expected to make an impact against Saudi Arabia after being omitted from the Sao Tome match.
Despite a slow start in Stefano Pioli’s squad, Samuel Chukwueze showcased his talent in a 15-minute appearance against Sao Tome.
He scored a goal and provided an assist, making fans eager to see him build on this performance and lead the Super Eagles to victory against Saudi Arabia.