AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Coach Jose Peseiro Rates Nigeria’s Chances Against Angola

AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Coach Jose Peseiro Rates Nigeria’s Chances Against Angola

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • The build-up to the Africa Cup of Nations clash between Nigeria and Angola continues
  • The Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny is set to host both perennial rivals in the quarter-final match-up
  • Nigeria’s coach, Jose Peseiro, has rated his team's chances at securing the crucial victory

Nigeria and Angola set the stage for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter-final rounds kick off in a match that promises to be a thrilling spectacle.

The highly anticipated fixture between both perennial rivals has continued to generate a palpable buzz between fans and stakeholders of both teams.

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Nigeria's Super Eagles players form a hurdle ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations clash against Guinea Bissau. Image: Issouf sanogo.
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Under the adept guidance of Coach Pedro Goncalves, the Palancas Negras have gained a reputation for toppling teams ranked higher than them.

With the Super Eagles currently ranked the highest in the tournament, there's a palpable sense of anticipation for a potential upset in this upcoming showdown.

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As the teams gear up for the match, the coach of Nigeria's Super Eagles, Jose Peseiro, has rated his team's chances to secure a pivotal victory.

Peseiro rates Nigeria’s chances vs Angola

In the final press conference ahead of the crunch clash, the seasoned 63-year-old manager played down the notion of his team being labelled as favourites, providing a measured assessment of both teams' chances in the impending clash.

As reported by, the Portuguese tactician emphasised,

"When we step onto the pitch tomorrow, it's a level playing field. It is 50-50. Angola and Nigeria start at 0-0. They are a very good team, and we respect them. My team and I aim to win, and that's the objective."

The statements from the former Sporting CP manager seem to be a strategic move to ease the mounting pressure on Nigeria, who have assumed the role of tournament favourites following the elimination of all higher-ranked teams.

Nevertheless, Nigeria are expected to approach the match with the aspiration of replicating their outstanding performance, reminiscent of their formidable showing against Cameroon.

Former Real Madrid midfielder warns Nigeria of Angola

Sports Brief in another report stated a former Real Madrid midfielder has warned Nigeria to be wary of Angola.

The Palancas Negras defeated the Super Eagles in their last competitive meeting at the FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture in 2005.

It's worth noting that the Super Eagles' last triumph over their Central African rivals, dates back to the infamous clash in Lagos in 1989.

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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).