The FPL Manual shares his thoughts on Group A rivals Nigeria for AFCON Fantasy. Sharing insights on the nation’s road to AFCON 2023, probable team lineup and best fantasy assets to consider
Name – Nigeria
Nickname – Super Eagles
Current World ranking – 42nd (6th in Africa)
Nigeria have won the Africa Cup of Nations 3 times (1980, 1994 and 2013), and finished runner-ups three times. The Super Eagles had a great performance back in AFCON 2021 topping then group D with 9 points, however this success was short-lived after being knocked out by Tunisia in the Round of 16.
Nigeria’s Road to AFCON
Nigeria’s journey to AFCON 2023 started back in June 2022 with a strong 2-1 home win against Sierra Leone and ended with a 6-0 win at home to Sao Tome and Principle. The Super Eagles were fantastic in Group A (5 wins, 1 loss) scoring 22 goals and conceding only four goals.
Nigeria’s Top AFCON Qualifier Scorers
- Victor Osimhen – 10
- Moses Simon, Terem Moffi – 2
- Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Taiwo Awoniyi, Samuel Chukwueze, Ademola Lookman and Peter Etebo – 1
Osimhen was the standout player for the Super Eagles for the Qualifiers and is the designated pen-taker.
Nigeria Team News
Below is the Official Super Eagles National Team list for AFCON 2023.
Dropped players: A Adeleye, J Collins, J Torunarigha, O Dele-Bashiru, O Amas, K Nwakali, N Tella, and Terem Moffi are but a few names that were excluded to arrive at a final 25-man list. Taiwo Awoniyi misses out due to a groin injury.
Probable lineup: Since his official appointment on 15/5/2022. The gaffer Jose Peseiro uses either a 4-3-3 and 4-4-2 shape, however, it is the 4-4-2 formation that has been the most consistent and successful formation for the Super Eagles.
Before I reel out the fantasy picks, let me explain a few things:
- Despite impressive club form, Victor Boniface has not earned the gaffer’s trust to be a regular.
- Kelechi Iheanacho sometimes plays out as a right winger and takes a few set pieces.
- Zaidu Sanusi has not started at LB since June.
Best Nigerian AFCON Fantasy Assets
Victor Osimhen 11.5m, Moses Simon 8.5m, Alex Iwobi 7.5m, Ndidi 5.5m
Fairly Nailed (play 70+ mins or start 2/3 group games)
Samuel Chukwueze 8m, Kelechi Iheanacho 6.5m
Ademola Lookman 9.5m, Z Sanusi 4.5m
Note: Aina and Osayi-Samuel are fighting for the RB spot.
The Super Eagles have a dominant attacking force with a top AFCON qualifier scorer and with now-crowned CAF Player of the Year Victor Osimhen spearing the attack. Heading to Abidjan, The sky is the limit for Nigeria.
You can find additional AFCON 2024 Fantasy resources here.
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