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Musa, Iwobi too hot for Libya

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Musa, Iwobi too hot for Libya

…but visitors good with counter attack, team play

 

 

 

The crucial Nations Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Libya takes place at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, with high expectations on both sides. Interestingly, the Libyans are currently ahead of Nigeria in Group E standings after two rounds of matches with four points while Eagles have three points so far.

The goalless draw Libya recorded in an away match against South Africa is a morale boaster for the team which largely has home-based stars. It is a match Nigeria has been condemned to win to be in the reckoning for a ticket to the continental football fiesta slated for Cameroon next June.

On current form, two Super Eagles players are in blistering form good enough to give Manager Gernot Rohr the victory the country desires. They are England- based Alex Iwobi and Saudi Arabia-based Ahmed Musa. Iwobi has been very consistent in the current season for Arsenal such that Manager Unai Emery has showered praises on him over his new found form. He is expected to translate his current form to assists and goals for the Super Eagles this evening in Uyo. Musa, who moved to Al-Nassar of Saudi Arabia after his loan spell with English Premier League team Leicester City, has also been great.

He has been brilliant for the middle-East outfit such that he was voted player of the month of September. At the World Cup in Russia, Musa scored two goals for Nigeria to bury Iceland in a dicey tie, and against Seychelles in the last qualifier, the former CSKA Moscow player scored a brilliant long range shot for Nigeria. Today, Musa is expected to continue with his consistency with club and country against the Libyans.

“Musa is very quick and the most important thing is that he is playing well. I have no issue with his decision to move to Saudi Arabia,” Rohr said. It is however important for Rohr and his boys to prepare for the counter attack and fast pace football of the visitors. They are also good with collective play which could rattle Eagles in the midfield. Nigerians will generally expect Musa and Iwobi to deliver in this encounter.

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