Nigeria come into the game on Wednesday as the Group leader with three points in the bag following the 1-0 win over Burundi on Saturday, the Super Eagles will be up against group member Guinea at the Alexandria Stadium in a mouth watering encounter.
The second game for Paul Put’s side is likely to see them succumb to their first defeat in their African Cup of Nations campaign.
In Paul Put, the Syli Nationale have a good coach, as well as the ability to counterattack, while the prospect of playing Nigeria will inspire them.
Here Futbalgalore.com looks at four reasons Gernot Rohr should be wary of their West African brothers.
1. Paul Put is an intelligent tactician
A man with a decent track record on the African continent, Paul Put is no stranger to occasions like this having tinkered Burkina Faso to a second place finish in the 2013 edition of the competition. The Frenchman is one man who
2. They can pass and move. And counter attack
They might have played a 2-2 draw with Madagascar, the Syli Nationale are dearing and mobile. Yet the evidence of Saturday’s display belied this. The fluid sequence that featured the ball bouncing from Naby Keita to Ibrahima Traore to Francios Kamano illustrated this.
This broke Madagascar open when they were set up to defend, with many players behind the ball.
3. Naby Keita factor
Super Eagles manager Rohr should take note of how half fit Naby Keita bossed the midfield when he came off the bench in the draw with Madagascar. The Liverpool enforcer can destroy any team on his day.
4. Facing Nigeria may inspire them
Never mind John Obi Mikel, Wilfred Ndidi, Samuel Chukwueze, Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa and Ola Aina Daniel Sturridge, and the rest of the squad, Put believes is packed with high-end footballers intimidating Guinea, facing Nigeria could inspire the Syli Nationale. The joy expressed at the Press Conference points to a freedom Guinea will play with against Nigeria. Wednesday promises to be a tough game for both sides.