The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face Ghana in the final round of 2023 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers first leg at the Cape Coast Stadium on August 28, 2022.
Nigeria were given a pass in the preliminary round of the qualifiers and will face Ghana in the last round.
There is going to need to be more convincing options on the pitch when things take place for Nigeria on Sunday. The following names may provide some of that compelling cause for optimism.
Ebube Duru [Rivers United]
Duru has pace to burn and certainly would offer coach Salisu Yusuf an option at left-back. It is reasonable to expect that he will be called upon to play in Cape Coast. With plenty of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL? experience, Duru will bring both attacking and defensive qualities that could make a big difference against Ghana.
Chijioke Akuneto [Rivers United]
Akuneto is not the tallest, but his searing pace could make the difference for the national side. Against Ghana, the Rivers United forward will find space. He could play alongside the highly effective Ossy Martins, and sharing space with Ossy’s footballing brain will only help Akuneto improve. He is going to be one to watch in this weekend.
Ossy Martins [Rangers]
Ossy has the ability to not just be one of Nigeria’s stars at this qualifier, but to stand out as one of the most exciting players. He transferred to Rangers from Makurdi side Lobi Stars last season, and has become one of the most exciting attackers in the NPFL. If he performs to the level he’s capable of in Cape Coast, he could well find himself the subject of interest from clubs in Europe. Capable of scoring and creating, as well as a dynamic runner with and without the ball, he could be Super Eagles’ best attacker if given the chance.
Bello Babatunde [Akwa United]
One of the best defensive midfielders that the NPFL has to offer, Babatunde is one player who will give his all for 90 minutes. The major playing style Babatunde is renowned for is his box-to-box nature. He is often all over the pitch doing most of the work. This enables him to score goals from his midfield position. He is also always there to help the team defensively, all at the same time. Although he is not a very creative player, his ability to cover many grounds is crucial.
Olorunleke Ojo [Enyimba]
The Enyimba goalkeeper has excelled during the team’s short time in camp. He will put up a good shift if given the chance. The shot stopper has good height and composure to man the post for Super Eagles against the Black Galaxies.