Nigeria will have to score goals against Egypt when the two sides clash in the back-to-back games next week.
The Super Eagles are behind on goals difference and are in second place. A win sees Nigeria leapfrog Egypt to the top of the table before the return leg in Alexandria.
Goals will count, Nigeria is condemned to score them, not just for the Kaduna game but moving forward in the qualifiers. Naija and bet
Two goals in two games isn’t exactly a bad return but considering Egypt have scored eight goals, it’s a tough ask for Nigeria. Whatever the case maybe, Nigeria needs to start scoring and scoring real soon.
The game against Egypt provides an opportunity for the strikers to close the gap-goals difference wise, just in case it comes to that at the end of the qualifiers.
Interim coach Samson Siasia called up 13 strikers for the game but that has been pruned down to ten as the game against Egypt looms.
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (West Ham United, England); Aminu Umar (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England); Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Fanendo Adi (Portland Timbers, USA)Chisom Chikatara (Abia Warriors); Godwin Obaje (Wikki Tourists).
On paper this looks like the best collection of strikers in Africa. Not many countries can boast of a large pool of strikers listed by Siasia.
The challenge, however, is to get the mix right and get them firing on all cylinders considering Egypt are strong defensively.
Odion Ighalo stands out and for good measure ,seventeen goals in all competitions in the English Premiership.
Skipper Ahmed Musa needs no introduction. The speedy winger can please and enrage with equal measure. He has pace in abundance but then his final ball needs improvement. Hopefully, the ‘real’ Ahmed Musa will turn up on match day.
Fanendo Adi is a surprise inclusion but has apparently been rewarded for his stellar showing for Major League Soccer (MLS) club Portland Timbers last season.
Aminu Umar o is another surprise inclusion in the side but he has been in red hot form over the past two weeks scoring three goals in two games in the Turkish second division.
His game is all about power and pace plus he also knows how to get into good positions in the box.
Victor Moses and Moses Simon on their day can wreck any side in the world but have not had the best of season’s at their European clubs.
Moses has been bogged down by injuries at West Ham but is gradually finding his form.
Simon caught the eye last season with breath-taking performances with KAA Gent in the Belgian Jupiler Liga but is apparently suffering from ‘second season syndrome’ at his club side.
However, he is unarguably the most in-form player in the Super Eagles in the last five games banging in three goals to boot.
Alex Iwobi is an exciting new prospect for the Super Eagles and his inclusion seems to be justified as he has been chalking up minutes at Arsenal.
Hopefully the Eagle can sink the Pharaoh at home and away.