Guinea-Bissau head coach predicts Super Eagles final AFCON position

Guinea-Bissau head coach predicts Super Eagles final AFCON position
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In a thrilling encounter at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium, the Super Eagles of Nigeria secured their spot in the Round of 16 with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau.

The match marked a significant milestone as it was Nigeria's 100th appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), and the team was determined to make it a memorable one.

Nigeria entered the clash with confidence riding high after a notable 1-0 triumph against hosts Ivory Coast.

Guinea-Bissau, already eliminated from the tournament, sought their first win to salvage some pride.

Super Eagles in AFCON
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The Super Eagles, aware that Equatorial Guinea's result against Ivory Coast could impact their group standing, aimed to secure a victory that would potentially propel them to the top of the table.

The lone goal that separated the two teams came in the form of an unfortunate own goal by Guinea-Bissau's Opa Sangante.

Despite the victory, Nigeria finished second in Group A, as Equatorial Guinea's emphatic 4-0 win over the hosts secured their position at the summit of the group.

Guinea-Bissau's AFCON campaign concluded without a win, and they scored only twice in three games.

The West African side also continues its search for a maiden victory at the AFCON finals.

Baciro Cande's vote of confidence: Guinea-Bissau coach tips Super Eagles for AFCON glory

William Paul Ekong of Nigeria (c) celebrates goal during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations
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In the midst of Guinea-Bissau's challenging Africa Cup of Nations campaign, head coach Baciro Cande found a moment to express his unwavering confidence in the abilities of the Nigerian national football team, the Super Eagles.

Cande, who played a pivotal role in orchestrating Guinea-Bissau's victory against Nigeria in the qualifiers, offered his insights during a post-game media interaction.

With a reflective tone, Cande acknowledged the formidable nature of the Nigerian squad.

“Nigeria has a good team, boasting a plethora of quality players, including the likes of Victor Osimhen, who is widely recognized as Africa’s best player,” he remarked.

Having faced the Super Eagles in previous encounters and possessing a keen understanding of their strengths and capabilities, Cande spoke with conviction about Nigeria's potential success in the ongoing AFCON tournament.

“It is a team I know very well,” Cande affirmed, emphasizing the depth of his familiarity with the Super Eagles.

“I believe they will go far in this competition. I believe they can win it. They are now among the favorites,” he added, encapsulating his optimistic outlook on Nigeria's journey in the tournament.

As Nigeria advances to the Round of 16, the journey towards AFCON glory intensifies. The Super Eagles will face the second-place team from Group C in the knockout stage at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium on Saturday.

The stakes are higher, and with the backing of their coach and the talent within the squad, Nigeria remains a formidable contender in the quest for a fourth AFCON title.

The footballing world eagerly awaits the unfolding drama as the Super Eagles continue their pursuit of continental excellence.

As the Super Eagles continue their quest for continental glory, Baciro Cande's words serve as a testament to the reputation and strength of the Nigerian team.

The footballing world will be keenly watching as Nigeria navigates the challenges ahead, fueled by the belief of their opponents' coach that they possess the qualities necessary to triumph in the AFCON tournament.

The journey unfolds, and the Super Eagles carry the weight of expectations, backed not only by their nation but also by the respect earned from their adversaries on the field.

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 month ago

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