- Nigeria have been named as the favourites to win the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in the Ivory Coast
- Assistant coach of the Super Eagles Usman Abdallah expressed excitement as Nigerian players enjoy this summer transfer window
- Abdallah stated that with the squad Nigeria possesses at the moment, the country will do well at the continental showpiece
An assistant coach of the Super Eagles, Usman Abdallah, has boasted that Nigeria have all it takes to win the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Ivory Coast.
The tactician has suggested that the summer transfer window has been favourable for Nigerian players and believes the squad members will replicate the form when they feature for the national team.
Key players of the Super Eagles made tantalizing moves to top clubs in the transfer window and Abdallah has tipped them to shine during the continental showpiece.
Also, Taiwo Awoniyi joined Nottingham Forest from the German side Union Berlin and then Emmanuel Dennis also moved to the club.
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Joe Aribo completed a move to Premier League outfit Southampton, with his former teammate Calvin Bassey moving to Dutch giants Ajax.
Abdallah told GOAL:
“This [transfer] is an excellent development and it is a strong indication that our players are doing very well.
“It is also a challenge for us [Super Eagles coaches] to produce a strong national team that can bring back the country’s glory days.
“Our focus is the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire, and with the squad on the ground, we are favorites to emerge as African champions.
“Right now, everything is working in our favour as we have a world-class squad and we cannot afford to let Nigerians down.”
AFCON qualifiers postponed
Meanwhile, Sports Brief earlier reported that there won't be any 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for the rest of this year.
The fixtures set for September have been postponed until next March, allowing teams that have qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be better prepared for the campaign in Qatar.
Senegal, Ghana, Morocco, Cameroon and Tunisia will do battle in the Middle East between November and December.
With AFCON 2023 set to be hosted by the Ivory Coast in January 2024, the third and fourth qualifying rounds have now been scheduled for March.