Nigeria opened the campaign with a big margin win over Niger 4-1 but a 1-1 draw against Tunisia means they head into the final group game against Guinea not yet sure of progress to the last eight.
The Super Eagles lead the group on four points and a stalemate against the tricky Syli Nationale will see them feature in the quarter finals.
Going into the game, the Nigerians will put all hopes on striker Chisom Chikatara who leads the goalscoring charts with four goals in just two games.
Meanwhile, although Guinea is yet to pick maximum points after draws against Niger and Tunisia, Coach Mohamed Kanfory Bangoura is bullish and is confident of defeating the Eagles.
Unlike Nigeria who can progress with a draw, Guinea must win to go through. However, they will still qualify with a score draw in case Niger and Tunisia play to a barren stalemate in the other group fixture.
Here’s everything you need to know about Guinea vs Nigeria
Guinea have a more complicated mission; they have to win and wait for Tunisia vs Niger to end in a draw while scoring more goals than the Carthage Eagles.
The Guineans have a danger man in AlsÃ©ny Camara who has 2 goals to his name.
After the results of the second round, all the teams from Group C are still in the race for the quarter-finals. Nigeria will have an easier task as they need a draw to secure a spot in the knockouts after their 4-1 win against Niger and 2-2 draw with Tunisia.
The home-based Eagles can even qualify with a loss should the game between Tunisia and Niger end in a draw.
Red-hot Chisom Chikatara has emerged the early star of the tournament. The Nigeria and Abia Warriors striker tops the goalscorer chart with four goals in two games.
However, the leading scorer and midfielder Usman Mohammed have not trained with the rest of the squad after they picked up knocks against Tunisia. Officials though are confident they will pass late fitness test to feature in this decisive group game.
Enugu Rangers Orji Kalu is expected to start in the heart of the back four along with Austin Obaroakpo after an encouraging display as a replacement for the giant Stephen Eze against Tunisia.
Guinea Probable starting XI: Abdoul Aziz Keita; Aboubacar Leo Camara, Alseny Bangoura, Alseny Camara, Ibrahima Aminata Conde, Aboubacar Mouctar Sylla, Aboubacar Sylla Ibrahima , Sory Sankhon, Ibrahima Sory Soumah, Abdulaye Samake, Aboubacar Kile Bangoura.
Nigeria probable starting XI: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Austin Oboroakpo, Kalu Orji Okagbue, Jamiu Alimi, Matthew Etim Chima Akas, Ifeanyi Matthew, Paul Onobi,Usman Mohammed, Chisom Chikatara, Osas Okoro,Ezekiel Bassey
Nigeria and Guinea have never met at any stage of the CHAN. However, on the 16 occasions that the two sides have clashed in other competitions including friendly games, the Super Eagles have won 5, while the Guineans were victorious 4 times. Seven of the matches have been drawn.
Nigeria has won two and drawn two out of the last five most recent games between both sides.
To their credit, the Syli Nationale of Guinea have not won or lost a game in Rwanda having drawn both matches against Niger and Tunisia.
Both Tunisia and Guinea are on two points after they drew their first two matches, while Niger are bottom of the standings on a point.
Only two Guinean club sides, National Cup winners AS Kaloum (10) and League champions Horoya AC (7), supplied the bulk of the Syli Nationale players on parade in Rwanda.
In contrast, Nigeria‘s CHAN 2016 Eagles, together with Cameroun, have their players drawn from more club sides than any other. Players representing Nigeria in Rwanda are drawn from 13 different clubs including Sunshine Stars (the most with 5), Rangers International (3) and league winners Enyimba FC of Aba (2). Even relegated Sharks FC is represented.
The last time the two teams met, Guinea stopped Nigeria from qualifying for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations playing out a 2-2 draw at the National Stadium, Abuja in October 2011.
Guinea Vs Nigeria Kick off time is 3pm Nigerian Time
Credit – Football Mole