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Cyril Dessers reflects on significance of Nigeria’s victory against Ghana



By Wale Mustapha

Nigerian striker Cyril Dessers has hailed the Super Eagles’ 2-1 friendly triumph over Ghana’s Black Stars as a promising sign for the team’s future endeavors.

This victory marked the Super Eagles’ first gathering since their African Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign, where they clinched the runner-up position.

Additionally, the team was under the guidance of interim coach George Finidi following Jose Peseiro’s departure.

Dessers opened the scoring for Nigeria in the first half with a converted penalty, while substitute Ademola Lookman added a second goal in the second half before Jordan Ayew netted a consolation penalty for the Black Stars.

Speaking about the significance of defeating their perennial rivals, Dessers emphasized that the win would significantly boost the team’s morale.

He also commended Coach Finidi for his tactical acumen, which allowed Nigeria to maintain control for the majority of the match.

“I think it great performance, it’s important victory for us to really play better and beat a very creative team like Ghana, I think we should be happy so I think it’s a special game,” Dessers remarked.
“For the coach, I think he had his clear approach before the game, his plan was for us to press aggressively and create chances in that manner, I think we were able to do that and to win this game it was good.”

Regarding the coach’s strategy, Dessers highlighted Finidi’s emphasis on aggressive pressing and creating scoring opportunities. He expressed satisfaction with the team’s execution of the game plan, leading to a well-deserved victory.

As Nigeria wraps up the international break, they will face Mali in another friendly match on Tuesday at the same venue in Marrakech, Morocco.

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