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AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Coach Jose Peseiro Again Goes Spiritual Ahead of Ivory Coast Clash, Video

Ero Samson

January 18, 2024 at 10:12 AM

  • The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations continues with more round two crackers
  • The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set to take on the host nation, Ivory Coast
  • Coach Jose Peseiro has opted for a philosophical remark ahead of the clash

The eagerly awaited clash in Group A of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is upon us as the host nation, Ivory Coast prepares to face West African powerhouses, Nigeria at the Stade Alassane Outtara.

As anticipation builds for what promises to be among the standout matches of the continental tournament, both teams’ camps have been buzzing with discussions and comments.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria pose for a team photograph prior to the Africa Cup of Nations group stage match against Equatorial Guinea.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria pose for a team photograph prior to the Africa Cup of Nations group stage match against Equatorial Guinea. Image: Visionhaus.
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Numerous star players have been vocal in expressing confidence in their nations’ prospects of securing a vital victory that could significantly impact their journey in the competition.

However, amid the pre-match dialogue and the bold talk, Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro has chosen to adopt a philosophical stance once again, contemplating his team’s chances of triumph against Les Elephants.

Peseiro on Nigeria vs Ivory Coast clash

During the final press conference leading up to the match, when questioned about his team’s prospects of securing a win, the 63-year-old coach stated:

“Like I said earlier, God gives, and God takes. We can only create the chances to score and hope God gives us the match.”

These remarks from the former Sporting CP manager echoed his sentiments following Nigeria’s draw against Equatorial Guinea.

While many align with the belief that ‘God alone grants victory,’ the emphasis placed by the Portuguese coach on these words has raised doubt among fans of the national team.

Moreover, these statements stand in stark contrast to the confident declarations made by Ivory Coast manager, Jean-Louis Gasset about the host nation securing their place in the next round.

Nigeria vs Ivory Coast preview

Sports Brief also previously previewed the crucial Africa Cup of Nations fixture between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and The Elephants of Ivory Coast.

The highly anticipated clash is sure to leave many fans at the edge of their seats, and stars like Victor Osimhen will look to lead their teams to victory.

In providing a prediction for the fixture, we looked at the possible squads as both teams face a clash in front of 60,000 at the Stade Alassane Outtara.