Nigeria home based Super Eagles will face Cape Verde on Saturday in a 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations quarter final, Plate Competition match.
The Super Eagles lost 1-2 to their new found nemesis Togo on Sunday, thereby dropping to the lesser competition in the biennial regional tournament.
Nigeria, coached by Imama Amapakabo will now face the Cape Verde side which lost to Coted’voire earlier in the week in what can best be described as a redemption match for the misfiring Eagles.
The Eagles will be without team captain Mfon Udoh who was sent off in the closing stages of Sunday’s loss for two bookable offences.
Amapakabo is expected to stick to a vast majority of his starters for the game but Plateau United star Tosin Omoyele is pushing for a start after his substitute role on Sunday.
The Cape Verdeans incurred the most emphatic loss by any team yet in this 2019 tournament when they lost 1-4 to Coted’voire on Monday.
Saturday’s match at the Stade Lat-Dior in Thies, Senegal will kick off at 6pm Nigerian time with the winners advancing to face The Gambia in the semifinal of the Plate Competition.
The Gambia on Friday evening defeated Mauritania 4-2 on penalties after full time had ended goalless.
In the (main) Cup competition, defending WAFU Cup champions Ghana defeated Burkina Faso 5-4 on penalties after both teams fought out a 1-1 draw in regulation time.