The stage is set for Nigeria’s Super Eagles to take on the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in a crucial 2023 AFCON qualifier on Sunday. The Leone Stars departed Sierra Leone on Thursday morning for Monrovia, Liberia, where they will face the Super Eagles in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.
Coach John Keister has unveiled his final 25-man squad, consisting of eleven foreign-based and 14 home-based players. The skipper, Steven Caulker, who plays for Wigan Athletic, has also made the squad after recovering from injury. It’s a testament to the team’s depth and resilience that they have been able to put together a formidable squad despite the challenges they faced.
Meanwhile, all 23 players invited by Jose Peseiro are in camp and raring to go for this weekend’s qualifier. Fenerbahce right-back Bright Osayi-Samuel was the last player to join camp after featuring in Fenerbahce’s Turkish Cup final win at the weekend.
The Super Eagles are second in Group A on nine points behind Guinea-Bissau, who beat São Tomé and Principe 1-0 on Wednesday. A win for the Super Eagles will seal qualification to next year’s AFCON in Côte d’Ivoire, and they will be looking to do just that in Monrovia.
The match promises to be a battle of wits, as both teams will be looking to outsmart each other with their tactics and strategies. The Super Eagles will be relying on their experience and skill to overcome the Leone Stars, who will be eager to cause an upset.
In football, anything can happen, and both teams will have to be at their best if they want to come out on top. It’s a game of inches, and every decision, every pass, every tackle can make the difference between winning and losing.
As the Super Eagles and the Leone Stars gear up for this crucial qualifier, fans all over the world will be eagerly anticipating what promises to be a pulsating encounter. It’s a game that will test the mettle of both teams and determine who will be on the plane to Côte d’Ivoire next year.