Super Eagles gaffer Jose Peseiro, since his appointment, has always had the ambition of leading the squad to win AFCON 2023 and has now restated that ambition.
The Portuguese has reiterated his great AFCON ambition, saying his target is to conquer Africa and in order to achieve that goal, the Super Eagles have to play strong sides and keep up with them at available international window.
He expressed confidence in his team and said there are many good players in the Nigerian team. The former Venezuela national team coach further explained why Wilfred Ndidi left the Super Eagles camp amid reports suggesting he had a row with Peseiro.
“I repeat I want to win the next AFCON and for that we need to improve our national team, we need to improve our dynamics, we need to improve our organization in and outside the field.
“You need to create connection with the players, create a relationship inside and outside the field for the players to build a great national team so that’s our goal.”
Peseiro said knowing the players means he can rule Africa because his team has quality and they’ve been watching a lot of Nigerian players.
“We have many good players so I believe we can achieve success with our national which made me say I want to win the AFCON because I know the players.
“Me and my staff we keep watching many matches around the world concerning the performance of the players and like I said the national team is open for everybody.“
Super Eagles play 2-2 draw with Algeria’s CHAN team
Jose Peseiro’s men played out a 2-2 draw with Algeria’s team B on Friday evening as part of their preparations ahead of the game against the Desert Foxes on Tuesday.
It was an opportunity for the gaffer to test a few fringe players of the squad ahead of other engagements.
Man-in-form Alex Iwobi was on the scorer’s sheet along side substitute Cyriel Dessers in the game played in Constantine on Friday evening.
Goalkeeper Maduka Okoye made a return to the team, Ola Aina, William Ekong, Valentine Ozornwafor, Ebube Duru all stared in the backline, while Chidozie Awaziem, Frank Onyeka, and newboy Ralph Nwadike played in midfield. The front three had Chidera Ejuke, Ademola Lookman and Taiwo Awoniyi.
It was substitutes Iwobi and Dessers that came to the Eagles’ rescue who were unconvinving against a lowly-rated opponent.
Peseiro’s men will now turn attention to Tuesday’s friendly against the Desert Foxes in Oran.
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