Athletics News of Saturday, 22 June 2019
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Nigeria will be searching to get their Africa Cup of Nations campaign off to a profitable get started when they facial area Burundi at the Alexandria Stadium in Egypt
The Tremendous Eagles are seeking for a rapid start off in opposition to AFCON debutants Burundi tonight but unsuccessful to rating in their past two warm-up matches right before the tournament.
A goalless attract at residence to Zimbabwe was adopted by a 1- defeat to Senegal in Egypt, indicating the force is on Arsenal ace Alex Iwobi and his crew-mates to start firing.
The 23-yr-aged is envisioned to be deployed in a central role at the rear of the previous Leading League pair of Odion Ighalo and Ahmed Musa, finishing 1 of the most powerful attacking forces in the competitiveness.
Nigeria are expected to line up in a standard 4-3-3 formation, with Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo and captain John Obi Mikel anchoring the midfield.
The previous Chelsea midfielder is anticipated to occur into the side despite missing the entire qualification campaign, with his expertise most likely to verify a must have over the following handful of months.
Kenneth Omeruo could be supplied the nod at comprehensive-back again, with the Leganes defender just one particular of a few remaining players from the 2013 AFCON victory – alongside with Mikel and Musa.
The rest of the back 4 should really be manufactured up of William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun and Jamilu Collins, although Ola Aina will hope to characteristic just after his remember to the squad.
Rohr has no harm difficulties to contend with before the level of competition and will anticipate a good result from a aspect ranked 89 areas underneath Nigeria in the FIFA rankings.
The Tremendous Eagles will also facial area Guinea and an additional AFCON debutant Madagascar in Group B.
Progressing to the knockout levels is a least expectation, although in general victory will be a tall order with the likes of Senegal, Ivory Coastline, Ghana and hosts Egypt all seriously fancied.
Game kicks off at 5pm GMT. Keep with us for all the updates.