The Super Eagles are hoping to commence their journey for a place in Qatar 2022 with a victory against Liberia.
Nigeria goes neck-and-neck with Liberia in the World Cup qualifiers on Friday as the race for a ticket to Qatar 2022 begins.
The Super Eagles are yearning to qualify for a seventh tournament, however, they must negotiate their way past the Lone Star, Cape Verde, and the Central African Republic to advance to the next stage.
Coach Gernot Rohr has the extravagance of prosecuting this fixture with his full-strength squad, with the likes of Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Victor Osimhen all anticipated to start against the West Africans.
The Lone Stars have strived in their last five international outings – losing four of them and leaking eight goals in the process.
Nonetheless, Peter Butler’s men are looking forward to caging the three-time African champions at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Game Nigeria vs Liberia
Date Friday, September 3
Time 17:00 WAT
Squads & Team News
Position Nigeria squad
Goalkeepers Uzoho; Akpeyi; Okoye
Defenders Awaziem, Omeruo, Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Aina, Shehu; Sanusi
Midfielders Etebo, Ndidi, Ayodele-Aribo
Forwards Musa, Iwobi, Kalu, Osimhen, Iheanacho, Simon, Onuachu
Potential Nigeria XI: Okoye, Ekong, Balogun, Shehu, Sanusi, Ndidi, Aribo, Kalu, Simon, Osimhen, Iheanacho
Position Liberia squad
Goalkeepers Williams, Sango, Keita
Defenders Balde, Saygbe, Maccornel, Dweh, Paye, Dennis, Williams
Midfielders Soumaoro, Dorley, Macauley, Tisdell, Salmon, Tweh, Njie, Kamara
Forwards Kosiah, Sherman, Kamara, Harmon
Potential Liberia XI: Songo, Balde, Paye, Saygbe, Dweh, Dorley, Njie, Tweh, Sherman, Kosiah, Kamara
Butler is bullish on Liberia’s chances when they face Nigeria at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
His squad is majorly made up of players plying their trades in the Liberian top flight, except for a few like Hatayspor’s Mohammed Kamara and FC Aarau’s Allen Njie.
Although the Englishman is aware of the depth of quality in Nigeria’s squad, he is unruffled, stating his team can cause a stir.
‘’I am going to compete, be organized, and be attack-minded,” the Butler told the media.
‘’Firstly, I don’t use social media, and a lot of those young lads who were listed, I didn’t select them and whoever did that is false to start with.
‘’It’s going to be a tough group and favorites Nigeria have got qualities and are heavily funded as compared to us, but I’m going to back myself against any coach in this group.
‘’They have Wilfred [Ndidi], Kelechi [Iheanacho], Alex [Iwobi] I could name more…but we’re going to be competitive and I believe we’re going to offset a few teams on the road.”
This is the fifth time both countries will be squaring up against one another in qualification campaigns.
They first met on July 9, 2000, in a World Cup qualifier staged at the National Complex, Monrovia, when Christopher Wreh’s brace powered the Lone Star to a 2-1 win over the Super Eagles – who got their only goal through Nwankwo