After a disappointing draw against Lesotho, Nigeria will travel to play Zimbabwe at the Huye Stadium in Rwanda in their second game of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.
This was an impressive result for the Warriors, who have only just emerged from a FIFA-imposed 18-month ban that saw them miss out on the African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The Southern Africans, ranked 125th in the latest FIFA World Rankings, have won just one of their last 15 games across all competitions, recording nine defeats and five draws.
Baltemar Brito's side, encouraged by Lesotho’s result, will now look to cause an upset against the Super Eagles on their adopted home ground in Rwanda.
20:17 - 16.11.2023
The Super Eagles of Nigeria were held to a 1-1 draw by Lesotho in Uyo and here is how the unfancied visitors made it happen.
Nigeria, on the other hand, are coming into this game looking to get their 2026 World Cup qualification journey back on track.
Prior to the disappointing draw with Lesotho, Nigeria had recorded three competitive wins in a row and are currently on a run of six consecutive games without defeat across all competitions, picking up four wins and two draws.
The Super Eagles have dominated their meetings against the Warriors of Zimbabwe, picking up four wins, two draws, and just one loss in six games.
Both teams met during the 2006 World Cup qualifying series, with Nigeria recording an 8-1 aggregate win.
Zimbabwe vs Nigeria Team News
Admiral Muskwe is a major doubt for Sunday’s clash after picking up an injury in the opening 30 minutes of the draw with Rwanda. Supersport United forward Terrence Dzvukamanja is expected to replace the injured striker should he fail to make the clash.
A back trio of Teenage Hadebe, Gerald Takwara, and Divine Lunga is expected to feature once more, while Luton Town's Marvelous Nakamba will be the anchor in the middle of the park.
Terem Moffi is expected to replace Awoniyi in a two-man attack with Victor Boniface.
Bruno Onyemaechi and Moses Simon impressed after coming in for Jamilu Collins and Ademola Lookman, respectively, and are expected to return to the XI on Sunday.
Francis Uzoho looks set to keep his spot in between the sticks behind the center-back duo of Calvin Bassey and Semi Ajayi.
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Zimbabwe vs Nigeria probable lineup
Zimbabwe: Donovan; Hadebe, Lunga, Mbeba; Nakamba, Takwara, Munetsi, Banda, Musona; Muskwe, Kadewere
Nigeria: Uzoho; Aina, Bassey, Ajayi, Onyemaechi; Simon, Onyeka, Iwobi, Iheanacho; Boniface, Moffi.
Zimbabwe vs Nigeria match prediction
Zimbabwe 0-2 Nigeria
The Super Eagles will look to quickly put the Lesotho disappointment behind them, boasting superior squad depth and quality. They also seem to always play better on the road than at home, which means they will have too much for the Zimbabweans.