World Cup qualifier: Eagles hope to maintain perfect start against CAR

The Super Eagles will hope to maintain a perfect start to their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign as they welcome Central African Republic to the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on match-day 3 of the qualifiers on Thursday (today).

Nigeria are in pole position to make it out of Group C after picking two wins from their opening two games and boast a significantly stronger crop of players heading into the game.

The three-time African champions began their quest for a seventh appearance at the tournament when they claimed a 2-0 victory over Liberia in Lagos last month.

Gernot Rohr’s men then made it a second consecutive victory after seeing off a resilient Cape Verde 2-1 at the Estadio Municipal Aderito Sena four days later.

Meanwhile, Central African Republic kicked off their hunt for a maiden appearance at the World Cup on a relatively impressive note as they held Cape Verde 1-1 on September 1

However, Les Fauves failed to build on that performance and fell 1-0 to Liberia at the Stade de la Reunificacion, Douala, Cameroon five days later.

Raoul Savoy’s side have failed to taste victory in any of their last eight games in all competitions, picking up two draws and losing six times since a 2-0 win over Burundi back in November 2019.

Not taking anything for granted, Rohr has named a 23-man squad for their home and away qualifying games against CAR, including the likes of Victor Osimhen, William Troost-Ekong, Moses Simon and Ahmed Musa.

Versatile 21-year-old Calvin Bassey has also been handed his maiden call-up to the squad by Franco-German Rohr following a solid start to the new Scottish Premiership season.