After securing their place in the Round of 16 with a 1-0 victory against Guinea-Bissau, Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro, expressed the team’s readiness to face any opponent in the upcoming knockout stage of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). Despite the anticipation of a formidable challenge in the next round, Peseiro maintained a confident stance during a post-match interview.
“We’re ready to meet any team,” asserted Peseiro when asked about his preference for their next opponent. The West African team is now awaiting the outcome of Group A proceedings to determine their adversary, with potential matchups against strong contenders like Senegal, Guinea, or Cameroon.
While acknowledging the team’s achievement in advancing to the knockout stage, Peseiro voiced a hint of disappointment, saying, “I am not 100% happy because we deserved to finish top of the group. We deserved to beat Equatorial Guinea, and then we would have had nine points.”
Reflecting on missed opportunities in previous matches, particularly the draw against Equatorial Guinea, Peseiro emphasized the team’s potential for improvement. Despite not securing the top spot in the group, the coach remains optimistic about the Super Eagles’ chances and is determined to guide them through the challenges that lie ahead in the tournament.
As fans eagerly await the outcome of Group A matches to determine the Super Eagles’ next opponent, Peseiro’s unwavering confidence and commitment to facing any team in the knockout stage signal a resilient and prepared Nigerian squad as they continue their quest for AFCON glory.