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Nigeria’s road to AFCON: Semi Ajayi confident in Super Eagles’ hunger and readiness

Semi Ajayi, a defender for West Brom, is eagerly anticipating Nigeria’s critical AFCON qualifier versus Guinea-Bissau.

In the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Friday, the Super Eagles will play the Guinea-Bissau Djurtus. The rematch will take place on Monday in Bissau.

With two games remaining, winning both matches will guarantee Nigeria a spot in Cote d’Ivoire. Ajayi has expressed his desire to assist the squad in achieving this goal.

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Ajayi told NFF TV, “I’m looking forward to it, obviously. Two very critical games toward our qualifying to the AFCON.”

“So everyone is hungry and eager to go,” he continued. We are learning what the coaches are saying.

“As always, I want to give my absolute best for my country and my team, to do my job, and to help maximise the capabilities. I’m really looking forward to the game and can’t wait to play.”

Despite being one of the most experienced defenders in the Eagles squad, Ajayi has had to play second fiddle to the centre-back pairing of William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun in recent years.

However, Troost-Ekong and Balogun are not in the Super Eagles squad for the Guinea-Bissau games due to injuries and Ajayi will hope to be in Jose Peseiro’s starting lineup against the Djurtus.

Peseiro, though, has a decision to make about who to play at the heart of the defence between Leganes’ Kenneth Omeruo, Hoffenheim’s Kevin Akpoguma, and Ajayi.

The Portuguese tactician has also previously deployed Ajax fullback Calvin Bassey in that role.

Nigeria’s game against Guinea-Bissau will be played at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Friday, March 24, with kickoff time set at 5 pm.