Nigeria vs Guinea
Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria
Wednesday, 26-06-2019 @5:30pm
Nigeria will look to confirm their round of 16 place spot when they take on Group B rivals Guinea at Alexandria Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Super Eagles managed to get a late win over tournament debutants Burundi in their opener whereas Guinea drew 2-2 with Madagascar last time out.
Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr said that clinching a round of 16 place with a successive win will motivate his troops
“I think that we are ready and my players are fully fit now, Guinea have the pressure because they badly need a win in this game.
“This is the most important match in our group, Guinea are a difficult side, they have players in big European teams.
“We need to win to progress to the next round, i believe this will help to motivate my players.”
Guinea defender Issiaga Sylla says that this is the game they need to get a positive result from, to keep their campaign alive
“We have nothing to lose, we are determined and we will fight for positive results against Nigeria.
“It’s a difficult contest but we are ready for the game.”
Nigeria and Guinea’s only previous AFCON encounter came in March 1976 in the group stages, ending in a 1-1 draw.
The Super Eagles are winless in their last four meetings with Guinea in all competitions after losing none of the previous eight.
The two sides last faced off in 2011, with the game ending 2-2.
Guinea are winless in their last six games in the Africa Cup of Nations (D5 L1), their last victory coming in January 2012 against Botswana (6-1).
Nigeria have won their last five games in the competition, their longest streak ever in their history.
Paul Put’s side will look up Liverpool’s Naby Keita, Sory Kaba and Francois Kamano for maximum points.
The three-time continental winners will have their hopes in Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi and John Obi Mikel. Striker Samuel Kalu who collapsed due to dehydration in training last week has been declared fit for this game.
The other games on Wednesday
-Uganda vs Zimbabwe @8pm
-Egypt vs DR Congo @11pm
-Cameroon 2-0 Guinea-Bissau
-Ghana 2-2 Benin