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AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Star Identifies What Nigeria Must Do to Secure Victory Against Ivory Coast
- The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final continues to herald the continent’s footballing scene
- Nigeria’s Super Eagles are poised to lock horns with the Les Elephants of Ivory Coast
- A Nigerian defender has identified what the team must do to seal the win against the host nation
Talks surrounding the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) continue to herald the continent’s footballing landscape.
Nigeria's Super Eagles stand on the brink of another thrilling encounter against the host nation, Ivory Coast.
As anticipation mounts for this electrifying match, players from both sides are expressing unwavering confidence and bold predictions about their teams' chances of clinching victory at the Stade Alassane Ouattara. The latest to weigh in on this highly anticipated showdown is Nigerian defender, Bright Osayi-Samuel.
The 26-year-old has offered insights into what Jose Peseiro’s team must execute to emerge triumphant over Ivory Coast in the final.
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In an interview, as reported by the media outlet All Nigeria Soccer, the Fenerbahce SK's fullback, shared insights into what the Super Eagles must do to claim victory on the grand stage.
"If you look around the group, everyone is confident, and everyone is looking forward to the game.”
"They have got good players, but if we focus on ourselves, look at what we can do and how we can hurt them, then we have a very good chance of winning the game.”
"We know we will get chances every game with the quality that we have. It's now about converting these chances.”
The assertive words of the former Queens Park Rangers star reverberate with confidence, mirroring the upbeat atmosphere within the Nigerian camp.
Having secured victory against Les Elephants in their previous encounter during the group stage, coach Peseiro's squad aims to replicate their success against their West African counterparts.
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The 2015 AFCON winner voiced concern about the abilities of the Napoli star, advising his country to closely monitor the forward.
The 42-year-old also emphasised the importance of matching the speed possessed by the Nigerian forward.