Nigeria vs Central African Republic prediction, preview, team news and more | 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
Nigeria will host the Central African Republic in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Thursday.
The Super Eagles currently lead the way to the top of the standings in Group C, having obtained the most points in two games. The visitors are at the bottom of the table and have won just one point from two games.
Nigeria secured a 2-1 away win over Cape Verde in their last international game in September. Victor Osimhen tied the West African giants in the first half after Dylan Tavares put the island nation ahead in the 19th minute. An own goal by Kenny Santos in the second half secured the result for Gernot Rohr’s team.
The Central African Republic suffered a 1-0 loss to Liberia at home. Kpah Sherman scored the winning goal in the 86th minute.
Nigeria vs Central African Republic Head-to-Head
This will be the first international meeting between the two parties. Nigeria will be looking for the three points to increase its chances of securing qualification for the third round of the qualifiers.
Anything other than a victory for the Central African Republic will put them in danger of being eliminated.
Nigeria Forms Guide: W-W-D-L-W
Central African Republic Form Guide: L-D-L-L-L
Nigeria vs Central African Republic team news
Coach Gernot Rohr called up 23 players for the double against the Central African Republic.
The team is led by hardcore veterans like Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong, while team captain Ahmed Musa is in line to join FIFA’s club of the century.
Fit forwards Victor Osimhen and Paul Onuachu will lead the line and Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho has also been included.
Notable absentees include the Premier League trio of Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi, and Alex Iwobi, who are battling injuries.
The latter was replaced in the squad by Lorient forward Tereq Moffi, who has also been ruled out due to injury. Union Berlin’s Taiwo Awoniyi has been rewarded for his good form in the Bundesliga as his replacement.
Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze has yet to return from the long-lasting injury he suffered in the Europa League semi-final in April.
Rangers defender Calvin Bassey received his first call-up for the Super Eagles, while Frank Onyeka returned after an impressive start to the season with Brentford.
Injuries: Peter Etebo, Tereq Moffi, Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi, Samuel Chukwueze
Nigeria vs Central African Republic XI predicted
Nigeria’s expected 11th (4-3-3): Maduka Okoye (GK); Jamilu Collins, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Ola Aina; Frank Onyeka, Joe Aribo, Innocent Bonke; Moisés Simon, Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Osimhen
Central African Republic Scheduled XI (4-2-3-1): Prince Samolah (GK); Ngam Cyr, Sadock Ndobe, Peter Guinari, Flory Yangao; Melky-Jerede, Steve Naimathe; Axel Urie, Tresor Toropite, Karl Namnganda; M’Vondo Georgino
Nigeria vs Central African Republic prediction
Nigeria are a huge favorite and anything other than a convincing victory for the three-time African champions will be a huge surprise.
The extreme difference in quality between the two sides means that there should be only one winner here and we are backing the hosts to secure maximum points with a convincing victory.
Prediction: Nigeria 3-0 Central African Republic