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#AFCON2023: Peseiro says Nigeria determined to take first place in group A

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Coach José Santos Peseiro insisted on Sunday that regardless of wanting good for a spot within the Spherical of 16 with their 4 factors following the defeat of host nation Cote d’Ivoire on Thursday, Nigeria won’t take their toes off the pedal after they conflict with Guinea Bissau on Monday night.

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“We defeated Cote d’Ivoire, however that’s already prior to now. We all know that in soccer, what counts is the second. We should mood our confidence, and put in additional work as required. We should not relaxation.

“We need to take the primary place and for that, we should do battle. We should do what is important to perform our mission tomorrow,” Peseiro mentioned on the pre-match convention on the Palais de la Tradition within the Treichville space of Abidjan on Sunday.

Peseiro will lead Nigeria to come back face-to-face with the one workforce to have overwhelmed his Tremendous Eagles in a aggressive match since he took the reins of the three-time African champions 20 months in the past.

With 4 factors from their first two matches, together with a morale-pumping victory over the host nation and one of many favourites, the Eagles are strolling with springs of their steps at their Pullman Lodge Abidjan and at their coaching periods on the École Nationwide de la Police. However Peseiro cautions that the work shouldn’t be but executed and there’s utmost want for degree heads.

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“We’ve got to neglect that we defeated the host nation. There may be much more work to be executed. We need to be right here for the lengthy haul,” he advised thenff.com after the press convention.

Peseiro gained his first two aggressive video games with the Tremendous Eagles – a 2-1 defeat of Sierra Leone in Abuja and a record-breaking worldwide win of 10—0 in opposition to Sao Tome and Principe in Agadir, Morocco in June 2022.

Nonetheless, the Wild Canines stepped on Nigeria soil and pipped the Eagles 1-0 in an AFCON 2023 qualifier. Nigeria repaid the praise a couple of days later in Bissau, however the Portuguese coach says the Portuguese-speaking nation nonetheless owes him a clapback.

“We’re not fascinated by revenge however we’re Nigeriahere to prime the group and they’re in our sights. We should do what needs to be executed. Guinea Bissau haven’t any level and can play with freedom, and that’s when a workforce turns into harmful.”

Each groups conflict on the Stade Félix Houphoüet-Boigny in central Abidjan from 5pm CIV time on Monday, which is 6pm Nigeria time.

Of their different aggressive video games beneath Peseiro, the Eagles have defeated Sierra Leone 3-2 in Monrovia, overwhelmed Sao Tome and Principe 6-0 in Uyo, drawn 1-1 with Lesotho and Zimbabwe in FIFA World Cup qualifiers and drawn 1-1 with Equatorial Guinea whereas pipping Cote d’Ivoire 1-0 right here on the AFCON.

Monday’s essential sport, which shall be Nigeria’s one hundredth match on the Africa Cup of Nations since a bunch part encounter in opposition to Egypt in close by Ghana in 1963, will see the Tremendous Eagles end prime of group A with a win, so long as Equatorial Guinea, additionally on 4 factors, don’t humiliate host nation Cote d’Ivoire at an encounter holding concurrently on the Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara in Ebimpe.

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