Preview: Cape Verde vs. Nigeria

Preview: Cape Verde vs. Nigeria

Nigeria travel to the Stadium Aderito Sena on Tuesday for their meeting with Cape Verde looking to pick up a second World Cup qualifying win.

Cape Verde, on the other hand, go in search of a first victory in Group C following a stalemate in their opening fixture last time out.

Going head-to-head for the first time in three years, Nigeria saw off the threat of Liberia with a 2-0 triumph at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Friday.

Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho broke the deadlock midway through the first-half, before grabbing a second on the stroke of half time.

Consequently, Gernot Rohr’s men are now unbeaten in their last seven competitive outings, winning five of them including each of the last three.

Having already secured their place at next year’s AFCON in January, the Super Eagles now continue their quest to feature in November’s World Cup with a first ever meeting against Cape Verde.

With six appearances already under their belt, Tuesday’s hosts already the experience needed at this level which could play a big part in their qualifying campaign.

Cape Verde missed out on an opportunity to get their qualifying campaign underway with a victory following a 1-1 draw versus Central African Republic on Wednesday.

Julio Tavares saw his first-half goal cancelled out eight minutes into the second period by Tresor Toropite which led to a share of the spoils in in Douala.

The Blue Sharks now return to their home turf where they are unbeaten in five games and claimed an impressive 3-1 win over Cameroon last time out.

With opponents of a high calibre expected in town once again, Tuesday’s hosts will be confident of securing another feather in the cap.

Cape Verde World Cup Qualifying – Africa form:
D
Cape Verde form (all competitions):
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Nigeria World Cup Qualifying – Africa form:
W
Nigeria form (all competitions):
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We say: Cape Verde 0-1 Nigeria
Despite the unavailability of several key stars, the Super Eagles will back themselves to claim all three points away from home. While they may not be as dominant as last time out, we are tipping Nigeria to come out on top.

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