Seychelles Vs Nigeria: AFCON 2019 Qualifier - 0 - 3 (Live)

The 32nd edition of African Cup of Nations (AFCON) is scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon in June and July 2019 as agreed in CAF executive meeting on 20th of July, 2017. The tournament is expected to host 24 teams unlike before when 16 teams fight for a place on the qualified list.

The fight for a slot on the 24 teams lists through qualification games by forty-eight (48) Africa Nations resume from Saturday, 8 September 2018; except Chad which was banned after withdrawing from the competition in 2017 on financial grounds. One of the important qualifier matches will be between Seychelles and Nigeria ― the least populated country in Africa (94,228) Vs the most populated country in Africa (190, 886,311) 

Seychelles Vs Nigeria

These two opponents in Group E have never played against each other before, making their match epochal and need to watch for all. CAF appointed Kenya referee, David Omweno who was among the two referees suspended for 3-month in 2016. The two countries need the match to have a better chance to qualify. Nigeria stands 3rd in the group after losing its last match to South Africa (0-2); Seychelles 4th (last) after losing its first match to Libya (5-1).

Facts About Seychelles Football

Nickname The Pirates
Head coach Gavin Jeanne
Football Association Seychelles Football Federation
FIFA ranking 188
Elo ranking 198
Withdrew 3 times from AFCON competitions; 1992, 1996, and 2015
Hosted and won Indian Ocean Island Games in 2011
Has never won the COSAFA cup
Has never made it past the AFCON qualifier round.
Never qualified for FIFA World Cup Tournament
Last 5 matches: Lost 3 drew 2
Historical biggest win: Seychelles 9-0 Maldives (1979)
Historical biggest loss; Madagascar 6-0 Seychelles (1990); Zimbabwe 6-0 Seychelles (Friendly, 2017)
Joined AFCON competition in 1986Sporta

Facts About Nigeria Football

Nickname Super Eagles
Head Coach Gernot Rohr
Football Association: Nigeria Football Federation
FIFA ranking: 49
Elo ranking 44
Withdrew 4 times from the AFCON competition; 1962 ,1965 ,1970, and 1996

Won AFCON tournament 3 times; 1980, 1994, 2013.
Won Afro-Asian Cup of Nations in 1995
Won Gold Medal in 1973 All-Africa Games, Silver in 1978
Never won the FIFA World Cup
Last 5 matches: Lost 4 won 1
Historical biggest win: Nigeria 10-1 Dahomey (1959)
Historical biggest loss: Gold Coast and British Togoland 7-0 Nigeria
Joined AFCON competition 1963

Seychelles Vs Nigeria Head-Head

Never played before.

Date, Time, and Venue

The match is scheduled for 8 September 2018 (13:30) at Stade Linite built in Roche Caiman in the outskirt of Seychelles Capital, Victoria. The stadium capacity is 10,000.

The return leg is expected to be played, 22 March 2019 in Nigeria ― venue to be announced.

The Pirates’ coach while speaking to Soccernet said: “Yes we are ready and positive about our chances against Nigeria”

The Super Eagles will be playing without some of their stars due to injury according to their official twitter handle @NGSuperEagles

Just In: Iwobi, Aina, Ekong are out of Seychelles game due to injuries. Only Henry Onyekuru is in camp at the moment, we expect others early tomorrow.

It was afterward reported via the same source that players like Iheanacho have arrived at camp.

Camp Updates:

At breakfast.

Onyekaru, Omeruo, Uzoho, Semi Ajayi, Samuel Kalu, Ndidi, Iheanacho, Awaziem, Nwakali, Bryan Idowu.

An hour later, the update on the team’s handle included Simeon Nwankwo and Joel Obi.

The update afterward stated that players like Ahmed Musa have arrived at camp.

Camp Update

Latest Arrivals:

Ahmed Musa, Ogenyi Onanzi, Odion Ighalo, Etebo Oghenekaro, Leon Balogun, Jamilu Collins

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