Super Eagles Fire Warning to AFCON 2023 Opponents, Whitewash Dubai Club in Friendly

Super Eagles Fire Warning to AFCON 2023 Opponents, Whitewash Dubai Club in Friendly

Babajide Orevba
updated at January 7, 2024 at 6:21 PM
  • Nigeria are sending strong signals to their opponents ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations
  • The Super Eagles whitewashed a Dubai-based club 12-0 in a friendly match in Abu Dhabi
  • Ademola Lookman, Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon and Sadiq Umar were all on the score sheet.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have made their intentions clear ahead of the forthcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

Jose Peseiro's boys walloped a local club in Dubai 12-0 at their Abu Dhabi training facility on Sunday afternoon, January 7.

Ademola Lookman was the star of the show, netting four goals, while CAF Player of the Year Victor Osimhen netted a brace.

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Super Eagles thrash Dubai club 12-0 in friendly. Photo: Premium Times Nigeria
Source: UGC

It was 6-0 at half time as substitutes Moses Simon and Umar Sadiq both scored twice, while their opponents netted two own goals.

The three-time African champions will play another friendly against the Syli National of Guinea at Bani Yas Stadium on Monday.

They are expected to hit Lagos on Tuesday evening and will be joined by Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho ahead of their final departure to Ivory Coast on Wednesday, January 10.

Nigeria are drawn in Group A alongside the host nation, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau.

They begin their quest for a fourth continental title against Equatorial Guinea on Sunday, January 14.

Four days later, they take on the Elephants of Cote d'Ivoire before their final group game against Guinea-Bissau on January 22.

Head coach Jose Peseiro has disclosed that his side will be aiming for the title. Nigeria last won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 under the tutelage of Stephen Keshi.

Peseiro defends his squad selection

Sports Brief earlier reported that the countdown to the Africa Cup of Nations is on, and Ivory Coast is raring to host the rest of the continent in what is the 34th edition of the biennial football tournament.

Among the numerous teams tipped to clinch the title are the Super Eagles of Nigeria. However, a host of scepticism has emerged mainly due to the calibre of the players included by manager Jose Peseiro in his final 25-man list.

The former Venezuela national team manager backed the decision to bring 25 players in for the tournament, emphasising the benefits in terms of group dynamics and training.

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Babajide Orevba
Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.