Sierra Leone vs Nigeria: Kelechi Iheanacho returns to Super Eagles' starting XI

Sierra Leone vs Nigeria: Kelechi Iheanacho returns to Super Eagles' starting XI

- Sierra Leone vs Nigeria AFCON 2022 qualifier second leg takes centre stage in Freetown

- Both teams played out a 4-4 draw in the reverse fixture last weekend

- Gernot Rohr has decided to bring Iheanacho back to Super Eagles starting XI as he replaces injured Osimhen

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Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr has ringed two changes to the team that drew 4-4 with Sierra Leone at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin about four days back.

Napoli striker Victor Osimhen was forced out of the team after picking up a shoulder injury in the first leg of their meeting.

And Leicester City attacker Kelechi Iheanacho has taken the place of the most expensive African player in the starting XI.

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Ola Aina was an unused substitute in the eight-goal thriller last weekend but the Fulham defender is back in the lineup for the second game as he replaces Zaidu Sanusi.

This is definitely a move for the German-born tactician to reclaim victory in Freetown having squandered a four-goal lead in the reverse fixture.

In goal, Maduka Okoye maintains his position between the sticks despite conceding four goals in the first leg.

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Kevin Akpoguma, Leon Balogun, and William Troost-Ekong complete the back four for the three-time Africa kings.

Oghenekaro Etebo, Alex Iwobi, and Joe Aribo are the midfield trio Rohr will be counting on to dictate the pace and direction of the match.

While Ahmed Musa, Samuel Chukwueze, and Kelechi Iheanaho operate upfront with the aim of scoring goals for the away team.

Nigeria head into the game as the group L leaders with seven points, but they could relinquish the position if they fail to get the desired results with Benin mounting heavy pressure on them.

Angry Rohr drops 2 big players for Super Eagles' return leg against Sierra Leone in Freetown
Sierra Leone vs Nigeria: Kelechi Iheanacho returns to Super Eagles' starting XI

Sierra Leone vs Nigeria: Super Eagles stars during one of their training sessions in Benin.
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The Squirrels have six points from their last three games and a win for them in Lesotho could help them leapfrog Rohr's men at the end of matchday four.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigeria stand a chance to relinquish their leadership on the Group L table if they fail to beat Sierra Leone in Freetown in the second leg of their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Both teams played a 4-4 draw in the reverse fixture at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin last weekend.

Gernot Rohr's men got the game off to a blistering start after scoring four goals under 30 minutes, but they went to sleep in the last 30 minutes of the game.

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