The Super Eagles would continue their bid to qualify for the World Cup with a double header against Central African Republic in October.
Here we look at five lessons to be learned in the Group C games.
1. Can Gernot Rohr Continue To Churn Out Victories?
Rohr will hope to pick two victories and increase the Super Eagles’ points to 12. He has already been given the green light to tweak aspects of the team’s preparations for next AFCON. Regardless, this is his moment, the chance to silence his critics. It is one he will relish and, should his team flourish, his reputation can only be enhanced.
2. Can Jamilu Collins reestablish himself at this level?
The Paderborn player was marginalised at a stage, with Rohr clearly unconvinced by his defensive capabilities. Rohr’s admiration for the player is clear enough. His form has been outstanding. Jamilu deserves to restore his reputation at this level after the frustrations under the Franco-German in the past. Muster a performance of quality and he could yet find reward with a permanent place at left back.
3. Can Super Eagles’ backline cope with real quality?
This is likely to be a test of the strength in depth. Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Ola Aina and Jamilu Collins should feature against CAR. Some combination of those four will presumably start, with Zaidu Sanusi another option if required. This will be an education.
4. Is Ahmed Musa still the driving force at international level?
Musa’s selection might seem intertwined with the fate of the captaincy and it feels vaguely implausible that he might feature for up to an hour here and not wear the armband. The hope is he will be fit and bursting with his trademark leggy energy, inspiring the youngsters around him in the process, for the time he plays on the pitch. His presence will be reassuring, regardless.
5. Can Paul Onuachu and Victor Osimhen start together?
The onus will be on Osimhen and even possibly Genk’s Onuachu to prove they can lead the line for the national team in Lagos and Douala, with this a high-profile occasion to display their pedigree. Impress against the Central African team and further opportunities will beckon.