AFCON 2023: Nigeria Coach Peseiro Wary of Angola Threat Ahead of Quarter Final Clash

AFCON 2023: Nigeria Coach Peseiro Wary of Angola Threat Ahead of Quarter Final Clash

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Nigeria beat Cameroon 2-0 to reach the quarter-final of the 2023 edition of AFCON
  • They face Angola in the quarters after the South Africans beat neighbours, Namibia
  • Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro is taking Angola seriously ahead of their matchup

Nigeria set up a quarter-final clash at the 2023 AFCON following an impressive 2-0 win over arch-rivals, Cameroon in the Round of 16 on Saturday.

Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro was delighted with his team's effort in the knockouts but cautioned them against underestimating Angola.

Angola, Nigeria, AFCON 2023, Victor Osimhen, Mabululu, Jose Peseiro
Angola's Mabululu and Nigeria's Victor Osimhen were brilliant in the AFCON 2023 Round of 16. Photos by Kenzo Tribouillard and Ulrik Pedersen/DeFodi Images.
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Ademola Lookman scored both goals for the three-time AFCON champions, who, despite having less of the ball, were the better side overall.

Talisman, Victor Osimhen had a hand in both goals, and his celebrations at full-time showed how the win meant to him. The Napoli man scored just once in the tournament but contributed to all the goals Nigeria scored in Ivory Coast.

After the win over the Indomitable Lions, Peseiro urged Nigeria to take the Southern African side seriously.

"We will now focus on our next match against Angola, which is having an excellent tournament," he said via Complete Sports.
"We must take this opponent seriously, so we will continue to sleep early and eat pasta," he laughed. "Jokes aside, all the teams at this stage are capable of winning the tournament."

Angola thrashed Namibia 3-0 in the Round of 16 and have one of the most exciting teams in the competition. They stunned Burkina Faso in the group phase, per the BBC.

Osimhen lauded by fans after knockout game

Meanwhile, the African Footballer of the Year assisted Lookman's first goal and then contributed to his second goal late in the second half.

After the game, teammates, ex-players, and fans praised him. Ghana's Asamoah Gyan led praises for Osimhen on X, as Sports Brief reported.

Fans highlighted the striker's selflessness in the game, having tormented Cameroon's backline with his relentless pressing and physicality.

Angola thrash Namibia at AFCON

Sports Brief also previously reported on Angola producing a magnificent performance to beat Namibia in the AFCON 2023 Round of 16.

Both teams were reduced to 10 men in the first half, with Angola goalkeeper, Neblu and Namibia defender, Lubeni Haukongo sent off.

Gelson Dala bagged a brace for the South Africans, while Mabululu netted midway through the second half to seal the win for his nation.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.