International Friendly Preview: Ukraine v Nigeria

Two months after clinching bronze medal at the Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria’s Super Eagles resume action in a glamour international friendly against Ukraine today (Tuesday September 10, 2019).

It’s the first encounter between both nations at the senior level as they look to fine-tune their squads for respective continental qualifiers.

Andriy Shevchenko’s Ukraine are sitting pretty atop Group B in the race for Euro 2020 – as they move eight points clear of second-placed Portugal after weekend’s 3-0 thrashing of Lithuania.

The hosts come into the tie on good form having won five of their six matches played in 2019, including an impressive goalless draw against Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal.

Ukraine take on Nigeria for the first time

Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr will look to make the most of an injury-hit squad for this fixture, with a number of first team players, including stand-in skipper Ahmed Musa, Wilfred Ndidi, Henry Onyekuru and Kenneth Omeruo missing.

The three-time African champions also enter a new phase following the retirement of John MIkel Obi after the Afcon.

Also missing from the side is Afcon 2019 top scorer, Odion Jude Ighalo, who is sidelined with injury amid doubts over his availability for future international games.

There’s however excitement in the camp of the Eagles with the returning duo of Bryan Idowu and Kelechi Iheanacho, and new boys Joe Aribo, Dennis Bonaventure, Josh Maja and German-based goalkeeper Maduka OKoye.

Ukraine coach Shevchenko said he would field a number of players who sat out the rout of Lithuania, and while his Nigerian counterpart Rohr has kept his cards closer to his chest, the German tactician is expected to stick to the same formation used at the Afcon.

The Super Eagles are ranked 33rd in the world, eight places behind their 25th ranked opponents.

Nigeria’s Possible Lineup

Ezenwa, Ola Aina, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Collins, Etebo, Aribo, Iwobi, Chukwueze, Osimhen, Kalu

Ukraine Possible Lineup

Pyatov, Burda, Plastun, Sobol, Matvyenko, Lunin, Bezus, Tsyhankov, Buyalsky, Konoplyanka, Yaremchuk

Kick Off

According to the official schedule, the match is expected to kick off at 7:30pm Nigerian time.

Where to Watch

The game will be broadcast live from the Dnipro Arena on SuperSport 4 on DSTV, and SuperSport Select on GOtv.


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