The Super Eagles are heavily tipped to top Group B upon their return to the Nations Cup, after failing to qualify for last two editions. To achieve that, they will need a positive start against Burundi.
Burundi are making their debut at this year’s championship. They finished second in their qualifying group behind Mali having remained unbeaten, winning two of six.
Nigeria- Head coach Gernot Rohr has no injury worries going into Saturday’s must-win encounter.
Striker Odion Ighalo is expected to lead the line after scoring seven goals in six matches during qualifying. Various betting options are available on site
John Obi Mikel is also in line to start after returning to the squad despite missing the entire qualification process.
Meanwhile, 32-year-old Daniel Akpeyi, who has not more than 10 caps, is likely to be Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper ahead of Francis Uzoho, who was the first choice at last summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Akpeyi impressed in the Super Eagles’ two pre-tournament friendlies against Senegal and Zimbabwe.
Burundi- Burundi’s attack poses the biggest threat.
Fiston Abdul Razak and Cedric Amissi scored nine of their 11 goals during qualifying.
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