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Nigeria U23s Probable Line-Up Vs Libya: Nwakali, Chukwueze, Dennis in Line for Full Debut; Awoniyi Striker

Nigeria U23 team will be up against Libya in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match on Wednesday, March 20.

Coach Imama Amapakabo is presently with his boys in Tunis – the venue of the match – and he is expected to keep a close watch on the players in camp to know who will be in his starting XI for the game.

Sports&study.org has come up with the coach’s probable line-up for the important away game.


U20 goaltender Olawale Oremade, who helped the Flying Eagles to a fourth-place finish at this year’s Afcon U20 tournament in Niger, is in line to make his debut appearance with the Olympic team.


Imama’s usual and trusted defenders, including John Lazarus and Ebube Duru, are likely to be in the starting XI. Joshua Akpudje and Adebayo Ojo will complete the team’s defensive unit.


Azubuike Okehukwu, who was the team captain during Samson Siasia’s reign, is set to start at the middle of the pitch.

He will feature alongside Arsenal loanee Kelechi Nwakali, who will be the team’s playmaker as result of his obvious creativity.

ologna youngster Kingsley Michael could get the nod to start ahead of home-based Fatai Gbadamosi to complete a three-man midfield formation.


this is one area where Amapakabo will need to consult his backroom staff before unveiling his attacking line-up.

Nonetheless, we tipped Villarreal teen sensation Samuel Chukwueze to start at the right wing.

Liverpool loanee Taiwo Awoniyi is likely to feature as the team’s hitman while Club Brugge winger Dennis Bonaventure will be at the left flank.

Summary of Coach Imama Amapakabo’s probable line-up against Libya (4-3-3 formation):
Oremade ;  Akpudje (CB) , Ojo (CB) , Lazarus (RB) , Duru (LB) ; Okechukwu (DM), Michael (DM), Nwakali (AM); Chukwueze (RW), Awoniyi (ST), Bonaventure (LW).


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