After their third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles of Nigeria are set for their first match since their outing in Egypt.
A few new faces are expected in the mix as Coach Gernot Rohr is set to test some new players for tonight’s clash at the Dnipro Arena.
New birds Joshua Maja, Emmanuel Dennis and Joe Aribo as well as Germany –based goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, are some of those that would be hoping for a debut in Nigerian colours, tonight.
Nigeria and Ukraine have never met at senior level, but a group phase clash at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland earlier in the summer ended 1-1.
Ukraine eventually won the championship.
Italian referee Paolo Valerie will take charge of proceedings at the 31,000 –capacity arena, with his compatriots Alessandro Costanzo and Stefano Alassio assisting, while Ukrainian Vitaliy Romanov will serve as the fourth official.
Already, the Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko has said he is looking forward to an interesting game against Nigeria even as he described Rohr’s men as a physically strong side.
Ukraine defeated Lithuania 3-0 in their European 2020 Championship qualifier in Vilnius on Saturday and will be looking to sustain the tempo against three-time African champions, Nigeria.