José Peseiro, coach of the Super Eagles, anticipates a shift in game strategy and a greater focus on goal scoring as the team gears up for their semifinal bout with South Africa.
Emphasizing faith in his team’s capabilities, Peseiro affirms that the Eagles have the skill to outplay the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, albeit with untapped potential yet to be exploited.
Having secured their path to the semifinals following victories over Cameroon and Angola, Nigeria’s journey in the AFCON tournament continues with optimism.
According to Nigeria’s coach, José Peseiro, the Africa Cup of Nations semifinal match with South Africa scheduled for Wednesday in Bouake presents a formidable test for the Super Eagles. The team’s challenge is compounded by the absence of key players Kelechi Iheanacho and Joe Aribo.
Coach Jose Peseiro of the Super Eagles is calling on forward Victor Osimhen and his fellow attackers to adopt a more decisive attacking front while increasing their defensive efforts against the Bafana Bafana, reported Leadership.
“We’re missing some key creators like (Kelechi) Iheanacho and (Joe) Aribo, so it’s been hard. But others must now step up,” Peseiro said.
In the aftermath of their fortuitous 1-0 triumph over Angola in the quarterfinals, Peseiro emphasized his squad’s need to generate more goal opportunities in their forthcoming showdown, according to a report in The Guardian.
At the same time, the Super Eagles are set to square off against South Africa in the first semifinal match of the ongoing 2023 AFCON tournament, which is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, in Bouake, Cote d’Ivoire.
Fascinatingly, the last three knockout stages goals that ensured Nigeria‘s place in the tournament were netted by Ademola Lookman, while Victor Osimhen opened the scoring in their group stage match against Equatorial Guinea.
However, the team’s other two goals came courtesy of a penalty from William Troost-Ekong and a self-inflicted goal from Guinea-Bissau’s player Opa Sangante.
Considering a tally of only six goals in five games, Peseiro, the Portuguese coach, is of the opinion that the Super Eagles need to better capitalize on their skillset.