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Awaziem back to fitness, ready for action

By Gowon Akpodonor
19 January 2022   |   3:01 am
Versatile defender, Chidozie Awaziem, has been confirmed fit by Super Eagles’ medics. Awaziem returns to full fitness, on the eve of the team’s final group phase game of the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations

[FILES] Cape Verde’s forward Vagner Dias (L) fights for the ball with Nigeria’s defender Chidozie Awaziem during the FIFA 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifying football match between Nigeria and Cape verde at the Surulere Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on November 16, 2021. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Match begins at 8.00 p.m.

Versatile defender, Chidozie Awaziem, has been confirmed fit by Super Eagles’ medics. Awaziem returns to full fitness, on the eve of the team’s final group phase game of the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations against the Wild Dogs of Guinea Bissau.
 


The athletic right-back, who can also play in central defence, is likely to get a taste of AFCON action when the three-time champions take the pitch against the competition debutants at the Stade Roumdé Adjia in Garoua this night.
 
The Alanyaspor FC of Turkey player did not play any part in the team’s two previous games against Egypt and Sudan, and is keen to have a taste of the action in his second Africa Cup of Nations outing, having been part of the bronze-winning squad in Egypt, 30 months ago.
 
Nigeria top Group D with six points and are insurmountable going into the last round of matches, with three-pointer Egypt, who are second on the log and also with the arithmetic possibility of ending up with six points, having lost to the Eagles in their first match and therefore inferior to Nigeria on the head-to-take rule that takes premium in team ranking here.
 
The match will commence at 8.00 p.m.
 
In the second match of Group D, Egypt’s Pharaohs will contend with Sudan’s Falcons of Jediane. The Sudanese have only one point and would be able to proceed if they snatch all three points from the seven-time champions.