Nigeria will look to hand Guinea their second defeat in Group A of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations when the teams meet at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Saturday, kick-off at 15h00 local time.
Nigeria got their group stage campaign off to a solid if unspectacular start by playing to a goalless draw with Mali on Thursday, leaving them tied with their opponents in second place on the log standings, two points adrift of early leaders Ghana.
“We couldn’t play up to our standard although the team defended very well,” said Super Eagles Salisu Yusuf.
“We will work hard to win our next game because to qualify you need to beat the other teams. That’s the mindset – to be able to win our next game and the last game.”
Guinea, meanwhile, find themselves at the bottom of the group with zero points after they were beaten 2-0 by hosts Ghana on Thursday.
Second-half goals from Stephen Sarfo and Razak Patrick saw the Syli Nationale succumb in a hard-fought battle, but coach Hamidou Camara knows that facing Nigeria will be an equally difficult task.
Nigeria and Guinea have met in 15 previous matches, according to FIFA statistics. The Super Eagles have claimed four wins, compared to five for the Syli Nationale, and the teams have scored 16 goals against each in the process.
Nigeria v Guinea, head-to-head
Source ; Wafucup.com