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Kenneth Omeruo: Super Eagles Defender Lauds Jose Peseiro’s Tactics, Urges for Focus on Angola Clash

Robert Abong`o

January 28, 2024 at 7:49 AM

  • Kenneth Omeruo has lauded Jose Peseiro’s tactics in Nigeia’s win over Cameroon
  • The Super Eagles beat arch-rivals the Indomitable Lions 2-0 in the AFCON 2023 last 16
  • Victor Osimhen and Ademola Lookman inspired an impressive performance in Abidjan

Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo has praised the Super Eagles’ performance as they secured a 2-0 victory against arch-rivals Cameroon in the AFCON 2023 last 16 on Saturday, January 27.

The Kasımpaşa defender was brought on by head coach Jose Peseiro in the 80th minute to replace Zaidu Sanusi, contributing to the team’s efforts to hold off the Indomitable Lions as they led 1-0.

Atalanta forward Ademola Lookman emerged as the hero with a brace, showcasing a match marked by early drama and relentless pressure from the Super Eagles.

Nigeria's Kenneth Omeruo. Photos: Visionhaus and MB Media.
Nigeria’s Kenneth Omeruo has asked for focus on the Angola game. Photos: Visionhaus and MB Media.
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Speaking exclusively to Sports Brief after the game played at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Omeruo acknowledged the team’s great effort in preventing Cameroon from scoring.

“I was brought in to maintain the great job that the team was already doing. I’m happy we could keep a clean sheet; it was important for us,” he said.

When asked about the changes under the management of the Portuguese, Omeruo praised the tactics, noting the perfect execution by the players while highlighting the coach’s emphasis on not conceding goals.

“Kudos to him. He has worked hard to make us understand the tactics he brought into the team, and we are doing it perfectly. The important thing is not to concede goals and we. We have only conceded one goal so far. We are on the right track. In the next games, if we can keep a clean sheet and score one or two goals, it will be enough,” Omeruo explained.

Omeruo urged Nigerian fans to focus on the upcoming game against Angola, cautioning against looking too far ahead.

“They should put focus on the Angola game, we have to take it one step at a time,” urged Omeruo.

The match initially saw an early goal by Semi Ajayi disallowed after a VAR review. Still, Nigeria continued their aggressive play, with Lookman capitalizing on Victor Osimhen’s efforts to break the deadlock in the 36th minute, as reported by France24.

Calvin Bassey’s assist led to Lookman’s second goal, sealing the game beyond reach for Cameroon and securing Nigeria’s place in the quarter-finals.

Coach Peseiro praised the team’s efforts, stressing their deserving victory against a strong opponent.

Peseiro also hailed Napoli Striker Osimhen’s tireless performance, acknowledging his role in setting up the first goal and creating constant problems for the Cameroon defence, as reported by The Daily Star.

Despite goalkeeper Stanley Nwabili being stretchered off late in the game, Nigeria held firm defensively.

Jose Peseiro gives update on Stanley Nwabili’s injury ahead of Angola quarter-final clash

Sports Brief reported that Super Eagles manager Jose Peseiro gave an update about Stanley Nwabili’s injury ahead of Nigeria’s quarter-final tie against Angola at the 2023 AFCON.

The Chippa United goalkeeper collided with Cameroon forward Georges-Kevin N’KoudouN’Koudou.

Francis Uzoho replaced him after being unable to continue after treatment.