Qualifying for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations begins this evening as Nigeria host Sierra Leone.
It’s Jose Peseiro’s first competitive match in charge of the Super Eagles, as they look to respond to a disappointing tournament in Cameroon earlier this year. Nigeria crashed out of AFCON at the last-16 stage following a defeat to Tunisia.
Mexico and Ecuador have both beaten Nigeria in friendlies, and now attention turns to competitive action.
Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe are the other three teams in the group. Nigeria and Sierra Leone both have one more match after tonight’s clash, before qualifying pauses until September.
Sierra Leone failed to make it out of their AFCON group earlier this year, drawing to Ivory Coast and Algeria but losing to Equatorial Guinea. That was their first appearance at the tournament for 25 years.
Follow Nigeria vs Sierra Leone with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below…
Elsewhere across the AFCON qualifiers
Hector Cuper, who took Egypt to the AFCON final in 2017, has been fired by DR Congo after their loss to Sudan on Wednesday.
A look inside the changing rooms
Sierra Leone staring lineup
Nigeria starting lineup
Some star names on show for the Super Eagles…
A reminder of their last qualification meeting
What a game it was…
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Sierra Leone have never beaten the Super Eagles on away soil.
Nigeria wins: 9
Sierra Leone wins: 2
Sierra Leone put together a surprisingly strong AFCON campaign earlier this year, even if they were knocked out at the first round.
Nigeria have all the pressure on them yet should be able to pull off an opening-day win.
Nigeria to win, 1-0.
Nigeria team news
Victor Osimhen, Peter Etebo and Ahmed Musa are among the players to link-up with the Nigeria squad after missing the North American friendlies.
Leicetser’s Wilfried Ndidi and goalkeeper Maduka Okoye are absent for the Super Eagles.
Where to watch Nigeria vs Sierra Leone
TV channel and live stream: The match will not be televised live in the UK.
Live blog: However, you can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog.
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Nigeria vs Sierra Leone!
Qualifying for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations starts here and Jose Peseiro will be looking for a fast start in his match competitive match in charge of the Super Eagles.
We’ll have all the latest updates and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 5pm BST from the Abuja National Stadium.