Starting Teams: Ethiopia v Nigeria; Yobo on the bench


(Sporting Alert) — Nigeria leading defender Joseph Yobo only starts on the bench for today’s Africa Cup of Nations clash with Ethiopia at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

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The Super Eagles are second in Group C and need to pick up a win to guarantee a place in the quarter-finals.

However, Chelsea midfielder Victor Moses, who was doubtful for the game because of an injury starts today and will be hoping for a better showing after making a quiet debut in the drawn game with Zambia.

Another Premier League and Chelsea player Mikel John Obi starts in midfielder, while Ikechukwu Uche and Emmanuel Emenike will lead the Nigerian attack.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia are without injured striker Adane Girma, who scored their only goal of the finals, while Asrat Mergasa also misses the game.

In all head coach Sewnet Bishaw made three changes to the team that drew with Zambia, as Sunday Mba, Ikechukwu Uche and Efe Ambrose, who returns from a ban, all start.

Ethiopia v Nigeria

Ethiopia: Bancha, Gebreyes, Bune, Alula Girma, Elias, Estifanos, Saleh, Hintsa, Oukri, Kebede, Said
Subs: Tadelle, Zinabu, Hailu, Bogale, Ibrahim, Teshome, Tesfaye, Bekele, Assefa, Tassew

Nigeria: Enyeama, Ambrose, Omeruo, Oboabona, Echiejile, Mikel, Ogude, Moses, Mba, Uche, Emenike
Subs: Agbim, Yobo, Obiorah, Egwueke, Musa, Ideye, Gabriel, Onazi, Uzoenyi, Igiebor, Oshaniwa, Ejide

Referee: Bouchaib El Ahrach (Morocco)