The starting eleven (11) for Dream Team VII U23 African Cup of Nations (U23AFCONQ) Qualifying game against Libya has been released.
There are major changes to the team that lost 2-0 to Libya in the first leg last Wednesday.
Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho starts for the under 23 side in spite his mistake that led to Nigeria conceding a goal against Seychelles last Friday. In the defensive position, Duru, Awaziem, Etboy and Valentine Ozonwafor will man the defense line.
Going to the midfield position, coach Imama Amapakabo goes for the likes of Okechukwu, Nwakali, and Orji.
In the attacking department, the team will have Villarreal forward Samuel Chukwueze, Victor Osimhen and Liverpool FC loanee Taiwo Awoniyi to complete a 4-3-3 formation.
The game is expected to kick off by 4:00pm Nigerian time at Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State.
Nigeria Under 23 side need to score two (2) unreplied goals to take the game to extra time or possibly penalty or better still score three (3) unreplied goals or win by three (3) goals margin to qualify for final stage of the AFCON under 23 championship which will also serve as qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 Olympic games football tournament.
NIGERIA U-23 🆚 LIBYA U-23 Nigeria XI: Uzoho, Duru, Awaziem, Etboy, Ozornwafor, Okechukwu, Nwakali, Orji, Chukwueze, Osimhen, Awoniyi.
*Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde*