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Super Eagles, NFF looks ahead as Peseiro departs

It always felt as if Jose Peseiro’s days in charge of the Super Eagles were numbered. Ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, gave the Portuguese an ultimatum to reach the semi-final. By a combination of sheer will, emergency tactics, and luck, the three-time African champions played the final, where they lost 2-1 to hosts Cote d’Ivoire. After the game, the opinions were split over if Peseiro should stay on or leave. However, after his contract officially elapsed on February 29, Peseiro took to his Twitter account to announce his departure. “It was a pride and honor to coach the Super Eagles. “It has been 22 months of immense dedication, sacrifice, emotion, and enormous enthusiasm. We feel a sense of fulfillment,” he wrote. Clinton McDubus, a top football analyst and podcaster, feels the parting of ways is best for everyone involved. “I think it’s a good thing for all involved,” McDubus said. “There’s a feeling that Peseiro has taken the team as far as he can, and he bows out on a high. “For …

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AFCON: Ahmed Musa opens up on Nigeria’s final defeat to Ivory Coast

Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has broken his silence on Nigeria’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final defeat to Ivory Coast on Sunday. Recall that Musa watched from the bench as Ivory Coast defeated Nigeria 2-1 in the AFCON final. Franck Kessie and Sebastien Haller scored the goals for Ivory Coast, while William Toost-Ekong scored for Nigeria. However, reflecting on the outcome of the game, Musa urged Nigerians to carry the same spirit of unity they showed the Super Eagles during the tournament beyond the football pitch. The former Leicester City star wrote on X on Monday, “Reflecting on our journey in the AFCON tournament, I’m filled with immense pride for the Nigerian Super Eagles. Though we may have fallen short of the championship, our unity on the field transcended religious and tribal differences, reminding us of the power of football to bring us together. Despite the twists and turns of the game, our team stood strong, displaying resilience and determination that resonated with fans across the nation. “To all our incredible supporters, your unwavering dedication and chants lifted us …

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Nigeria vs Cotê d’Ivoire clash: 10-star players to watch in AFCON final

The Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire will square off in the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Final at 9 pm (Nigerian time) on Sunday (today). Nigeria vs Cotê d’Ivoire, a match between African football powers hoping to add more continental trophies to their collection will round off the 34th edition of Africa’s largest football spectacle. Cotê d’Ivoire and Nigeria will both be looking to expand their trophy collections. If the Super Eagles triumph, it will be their fourth championship; if Cotê d’Ivoire wins against Nigeria, it will be their third. Super Eagles of Nigeria Stanley Nwabali The Super Eagles’ last line of defence. For the Super Eagles in Cote d’Ivoire,  Nwabali has been a revelation. Thanks to his spectacular saves, he has only conceded one goal in open play while leading the team to the finals. The Chippa United goalkeeper was also the man of the match, as he helped Nigeria advance to the final by saving two penalties against South Africa in the semi-finals. William Troost-Ekong The captain of the Super Eagles has shown excellent leadership from …

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AFCON: Cote d’Ivoire coach reveals mission against Super Eagles

Cote d’Ivoire head coach Emerse Fae says his team’s desire is to keep the Africa Cup of Nations trophy at home and add a third star to their orange jersey. Les Elephants will confront the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations at the Alassanne Ouattara Stadium, Ebimpe, Abidjan, on Sunday. The hosts were on the verge of elimination after losing their last two group games to Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea. Fae’s side have however made a remarkable comeback to earn a place in the final. They are now just one match away from replicating their 1992 and 2015 success. “Tomorrow, we have a great opportunity to keep the trophy at home. We know that when you organize a tournament, it is difficult to go on and win it,” Fae said during his interaction with the media at the Palacais de la culture, Trechville, Abidjan on Saturday. “We have made the final and tomorrow, we have the opportunity to achieve this feat and at the same time, add a third star to the …

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Super Eagles players observe minute silence for the four Nigerians who passed on during their match against South Africa

COTE’D’IVOIRE- The Super Eagles players on Thursday night, February 9, observed a minute silence for the four Nigerians who died during their match against South Africa on Wednesday, February 7. An APC chieftain, Cairo Ojougboh, an Ivory Coast based Nigerian businessman, a serving NYSC member as well as the Deputy Bursar of Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Alhaji Ayuba Abdullahi, all died on Wednesday night, Feb. 7, while watching the semi-finals between Nigeria and South Africa in the ongoing AFCON. The players gathered and observed a minute silence in honour of the deceased Nigerians and went on to say prayers for the repose of their souls and for God to comfort their families.

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AFCON’23: Cote d’Ivoire coach plots Super Eagles fall

Cote d’Ivoire head coach Emerse Fae says he will work out a way to beat the Super Eagles in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. The Elephants will look to win a third AFCON title when they confront Nigeria at the Alassanne Quattara Stadium in Ebimpe, Abidjan, on Sunday. The hosts defeated the Democratic Republic of Congo 1-0 in the semi-final on Wednesday night. “We will take stock in the next two days; we will analyze Nigeria; even though we played them in the group stage, we will see the strategy to implement for the final,” Faé said after the game. Cote d’Ivoire lost 1-0 to the Super Eagles in the group stage. The final will kick off at 9 p.m. Nigerian time.

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AFCON’23: Nwabali keen to face familiar foes South Africa

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali is fired up for the team’s semi-final clash with the Bafana Bafana of South Africa. Nwabali is a familiar face in South Africa following his sterling displays for Chippa United this season. The 27-year-old will be up against some familiar foes when Nigeria come up against Hugo Broos’ men at the Stade de la Paix, Bouake on Wednesday night. “I know them and they know me. It will be an interesting evening in Bouake,” he was quoted by thenff.com as saying. Nwabali has conceded once in five games in Cote d’Ivoire. Nigeria has won seven of the previous 14 matches, with five of those matches drawn and two won by South Africa.

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AFCON 2023: I’m fit and ready – Yusuf assures

Alhassan Yusuf says he is in fine shape again following his injury struggle at the start of the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire. Yusuf copped a thigh injury in Nigeria’s opening fixture against the Nzalang Nacional of Equatorial Guinea. The Royal Antwerp star missed the Super Eagles’ remaining two group games against Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea-Bissau as a result of the setback. The midfielder, however, returned to the bench for Nigeria’s Round of 16 tie with Cameroon. “I’m in good shape now, no discomfort or injury again,” Yusuf said after Monday’s training session at the Police College, Cocody, Abidjan. READ ALSO: AFCON Knock Out Victory: Sanwo-Olu Eulogises Super Eagles Over Incredible Display Of Team Against Cameroun Osimhen’s Field Work Rate Is Consistent With Legends “I’m ready to play again, but the coach will decide when he wants me to play. The team is doing well and that is the most important thing.” The Super Eagles will be up against the Black Antelopes of Angola in their quarter-final tie at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium, Abidjan on …

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AFCON’23: Simon opens up on Super Eagles’ mission against Cameroon

Moses Simon has boasted that the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon can’t derail the Super Eagles’ ambition of emerging champions at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. Nigeria will keep a date with their perennial rivals in a Round of 16 contest at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium, Abidjan on Saturday. The Super Eagles are desperate to add to their three titles in Cote d’Ivoire. Simon restated the team’s ambition to go all the way in the competition. “We don’t think about history, whatever happened between Nigeria and Cameroon belongs to the past, “the Nantes winger told a press conference in Abidjan on Friday. ” We are going to approach the game the same way, the mindset is to win and move into the next round. ” I have a clubmate (Jean-Charles Castelleto), in their team. I know his strengths and weaknesses. “Our goal is to win the game and the trophy as well. We will take it game by game. We are ready for the game and won’t allow them stop us “

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AFCON’23: Iwobi, Lookman return to Super Eagles starting line-up vs Cameroon

Alex Iwobi and Ademola Lookman will return to the starting line-up for Nigeria’s round of 16 contest against Cameroon on Saturday. The duo started the Super Eagles’ clash with Guinea-Bissau from the bench. Iwobi will take the place of Southampton’s Joe Aribo in midfield. Aribo made his first start at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations against Guinea-Bissau but put up an underwhelming performance. Chukwueze has also failed to live up to expectations in Cote d’Ivoire and will be named among the substitutes. Head coach, Jose Peseiro has the full complement of 25 players at his disposal.

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AFCON 2023: Cote d’Ivoire fans protest Elephants’ humiliating defeat to Equatorial Guinea

Angry Cote d’Ivoire fans took to the street to protest the Elephants’ humiliating 4-0 defeat to Equatorial Guinea on Monday. The result put Jean-Louis Gasset’s side on the brink of elimination from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. It was Cote d’Ivoire’s heaviest defeat since the 5-0 annihilation at the hands of Netherlands on June 4, 2017. Police threw tear gas to disperse protesters who destroyed any valuable item in sight. The official bus the Elephants was also destroyed by the angry protesters. The attempt to burn down the office of the Cote d’Ivoire Football Federation was averted by the police. An official statement has not been issued by the Confederation of African Football, CAF, but the organisers may take punitive measures against the hosts.

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AFCON 2023 : Nigeria’s Super Eagles Set To Seal Knockout Spot Against Guinea-Bissau

By Chris Udochukwu Having defeated hosts and one of the tournament’s favourites Cote d’Ivoire, the Super Eagles will be on course for a last 16 place at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) when they face Guinea-Bissau later today. Nigeria began the competition on a shaky note, drawing Equatorial Guinea in their first match. But the team recorded a statement win in their 1-0 victory over Cote d’Ivoire in front of their home crowd. Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau’s AFCON 2023 FormCoach Jose Peseiro’s boys are second on the group log, inferior only to Equatorial Guinea on goals differences. A point today will be enough for the Nigerian side to book a top two spot in the group and seal qualification for the next round. If they win and Equatorial Guinea fail to get all points against Cote D’Ivoire, the Super Eagles will end up as group winners. For Nigeria’s opponents on Monday, the game against the Super Eagles is a fight for pride. Already eliminated after defeats to the hosts and Equatorial Guinea, the Wild Dogs are fancying and upset when …

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AFCON: Ivory Coast star, Fofana warns Nigeria’s Super Eagles

Ivory Coast midfielder, Seko Fofana has warned Nigeria’s Super Eagles that his team is ready to face them when both sides clash on Thursday evening at the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). Fofana, who scored the tournament’s first goal last Sunday against Guinea-Bissau, noted that it would be up for Ivory Coast to work hard for victory against the Super Eagles. Speaking to CAF’s official website, the Al-Nassr star stated: “I know how decisive this match is, Nigeria wants to win this match and they are a very big opponent. “We are ready, there is no doubt about that. It will be up to us to approach the match and work hard for a victory.” Ivory Coast currently top Group A with three points after one game, while Nigeria are in third position with one point. The kick-off time for the match is 6:00 pm, Nigerian time.

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AFCON 2023: Eagles battle-ready for tough Cote d’Ivoire clash – Troost-Ekong

Super Eagles vice captain, William Troost-Ekong, has said the team is battle-ready for the game against Cote d’Ivoire. Troost-Ekong and his teammates must avoid defeat against the Elephants to stay in contention for a place in the Round of 16. Jean-Louis Gasset’s men will enjoy the support of their vociferous fans at the Alassanne Quattara Stadium. The atmosphere is expected to be a challenge for the Super Eagles. The centre-back, however, said the Super Eagles have experienced similar challenges in the past and will be up to the task. “We wanted to win the first game, but things didn’t go the way we wanted. We have put that behind us and the focus is now on the game against Cote d’Ivoire,” Troost-Ekong told a press conference in Abidjan. “We have prepared the same way, but we hope to win this time around. Coming up against the hosts is going to be a big challenge for us. “There are a lot of experienced players in our team, who have played in games like this in the past, so there is nothing …

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AFCON 2023: Why Yemi Alade deserves national honour – Patrick Doyle

Veteran Nollywood actor, Patrick Doyle, has stated that the famous Nigerian singer, Yemi Alade deserved a national honour. The actor stated this on Tuesday why reacting to the singer’s performance at the ongoing 2023 African Cup of Nations, AFCON. In a series of posts on his Instagram page, Doyle described Alade as Nigeria’s most significant cultural ambassador, noting that she deserves a national honour. Sharing the clip of her performance, he wrote; “Behold, Nigeria’s most valuable cultural ambassador. Yemi Alade is nothing short of a national treasure, she deserves a national honour.” Precise Post had reported that Yemi Alade on Saturday performed at the opening ceremony of the AFCON tournament in Abidjan.

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AFCON 2023: Super Eagles can beat Cote d’Ivoire – Okocha explains how

Nigeria legend, Austine Jay Okocha, has revealed what the Super Eagles must do to beat Cote d’Ivoire in their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations clash. Hosts Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria will clash at the Alassanne Quattara Stadium, Ebimpe, Abidjan on Thursday. Okocha reckoned that experience and the right mindset will be key for Jose Peseiro’s men in achieving victory. “I think what the key will be experience, desire and state of mind. For me, they are professionals, and they know the importance of this match, I think their mindset will be the key,” the former midfielder told CAFonline. Okocha however said the Super Eagles must expect a difficult game against the hosts “Absolutely! Every match is difficult but when you play the host country, it is even more difficult. But, of course the beauty of football is that if you want to be champions, you have to win against the best,” Okocha added. “And as we know, in football, every match is difficult. If you are well prepared, you have a chance of winning your match. But, we Nigerians, we …

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