Super Eagles Defender Offers Reassurance to Nigerian Fans Ahead of Crucial AFCON Clash With Cameroon

Super Eagles Defender Offers Reassurance to Nigerian Fans Ahead of Crucial AFCON Clash With Cameroon

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations continues to dominate the continent's footballing scene
  • Despite securing knockout qualification, the Super Eagles are still faced with scepticism
  • A Nigerian defender has sent a message to the team's fans ahead of the Cameroon clash

The Super Eagles of Nigeria's charge to their first Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) crown in 10 years continues with a round-of-16 clash against perennial rivals, Cameroon.

The clash against the Indomitable Lions, which is largely dubbed as one of the eye-catching fixtures of the knockout round of the AFCON, looks poised to be a nail-biting encounter.

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Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen has endured a torrid run in front of goal for the Super Eagles. Image: Franck Fife.
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However, leading up to the match, numerous Nigerians have voiced concerns about the Super Eagles' struggles to find the back of the net during the tournament.

Jose Peseiro’s team have managed to score only three goals in their initial three matches, one of which was a penalty, another an own goal, and the third a header by forward, Victor Osimhen.

Nonetheless, in anticipation of the crucial match, a defender from the Super Eagles has conveyed a message to the team's fans regarding the worrisome goal-scoring performance.

Super Eagles defender on Nigeria’s goal run

Speaking to the media, as reported by All Nigeria Soccer, lanky Nigerian defender, Semi Ajayi, has addressed the team’s worrying goal form.

"In the final third, it's just a matter of time before everything clicks. You can see the chances we are creating. We're edging closer, and once it all falls into place, we'll see more goals in our game."
"At the end of the day, the primary goal is to win. The margin doesn't matter—whether it's a five-nil victory or a one-nil win. We can take pride in our defensive strength, and the goals will follow."
"I have complete confidence in this team. We understand the intensity of the knockout stages. There's no room for complacency; we must be prepared right from the beginning of each game, and we certainly will be."

The remarks from the 30-year-old defender seem aimed at relieving the growing pressure on the team's strikers.

However, while the West Brom defender has staunchly defended his side, many Nigerians will be hoping that the team's attack, known for its ability to score numerous goals, will come to life in the upcoming clash against their West African counterparts.

Udeze express confidence in Osimhen

In another report, Sports Brief stated that former Super Eagles of Nigeria defender, Ifeanyi Udeze, has conveyed his belief in the abilities of forward, Osimhen.

During a discussion on Brila FM, the 44-year-old retired football player addressed the forward's goal drought.

The 2002 FIFA World Cup star emphasised that scoring a goal would serve as a confidence boost for the prominent forward.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).