“Get to the Final”: Ndidi Sets AFCON Target for Nigeria Ahead of Cameroon Clash

“Get to the Final”: Ndidi Sets AFCON Target for Nigeria Ahead of Cameroon Clash

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at January 24, 2024 at 12:28 PM
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  • Wilfred Ndidi is happy to see Nigeria qualify for the AFCON knockouts
  • The midfielder was sidelined from the tournament through injury
  • The Super Eagles will now play against Cameroon in the Round of 16

Wilfred Ndidi has set a target of reaching the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final for the Super Eagles after they sealed qualification to the knockout stage.

After two victories and a draw, Nigeria booked a round of 16 spot, finishing as runners-up in Group A with seven points, with Equatorial Guinea topping the group that also had Ivory Coast and Guinea-Bissau.

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The Super Eagles are bidding to win the Africa Cup of Nations for the fourth time after successes in 1980, 1994, and 2013. Photo by Franck Fife.
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According to Complete Sports, Ndidi, who pulled out of the competition due to injury, has tasked the Super Eagles to get to the final of the competition after their round of 16 opponents was confirmed.

” Just try as much as possible to get to the final. We planned to win games which gets you to the next stage.”

Nigeria will face Cameroon in the round of 16 after the Indomitable Lions secured qualification with a 3-2 victory against Gambia on Tuesday night.

Osimhen to score against Cameroon

Meanwhile, Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro, has guaranteed Nigerian fans that Victor Osimhen will score in Nigeria's round of 16 encounter against Cameroon, Soccernet reports.

The Super Eagles have struggled with scoring goals at the ongoing AFCON, managing just three goals in 41 attempts, leading to fans criticising the 25-year-old Napoli forward after too many missed opportunities.

Osimhen has failed to find the back of the net since Nigeria’s 1-1 draw against Equatorial Guinea, but Peseiro is confident the striker will find his goalscoring touch again against Cameroon.

Yobo unconvinced with Super Eagles

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that former Nigeria captain, Joseph Yobo, believes the Super Eagles have been unimpressive at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations despite the team's qualification to the Round of 16.

Following Nigeria's 1-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau, Yobo admitted that the current Super Eagles team still lacks togetherness.

Nigeria, who reached a milestone by playing their 100th game in the AFCON, are aiming to win the title for the fourth time, following victories in 1980, 1994 and 2013.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..