Cape Verde scored a point in their opening qualifier against the Central African Republic on September 1. Júlio Tavares had given them an early lead but Tresór Toropité pulled back after a 1-1 draw in Douala.
Nigeria got off to an encouraging start to the 2022 World Cup season with a 2-0 win over Liberia in their first qualifier in Lagos last week. Kelechi Iheanacho scored both goals that day, with the result that the team led Group C.
Cape Verde and Nigeria have met once, They drew a goalless draw in a friendly in January 2013, but this is the first time they have faced each other in an official competition.