AFCON AFCON 2023: ‘Angola unpredictable with some very dangerous players’ – Nigeria’s Peseiro

Nigeria head coach Jose Peseiro believes the Super Eagles have what it takes to beat Angola in their Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final clash at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan on Friday.

The Super Eagles dispatched arch rivals Cameroon 2-0 at the same venue in the round of 16 to reach the last eight while Angola topped Group D unbeaten before defeating Namibia 2-0 in the Round of 16.

“Angola are unpredictable with some very dangerous players. We cannot underestimate them,” said Peseiro, adding: “It’s a quarter-final match. Both teams want to reach the semi-finals. It will be a tough match; we will bring commitment and sacrifice to try to overcome this great team, even if it’s not a big name, to reach the semi-final.

“Angola is not a big name in Africa, but they play very well. They are not here by luck; they have shown a lot of capability to reach the quarter-finals. Our team has scored 5 goals in 4 matches so far. We will attack with 11 and defend with 11 as well.”

As three-time AFCON winners, Nigeria are expected to have too much quality and experience for their opponents on paper. Victor Osimhen, recently crowned African Player of the Year, leads a Super Eagles attack along with the in-form Ademola Lookman.


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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