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AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Fly Out To Abidjan In Style

AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Fly Out To Abidjan In Style

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have departed for Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The players and their officials left the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on Wednesday morning.

The contingent, who were dressed in African attires were in buoyant mood as they made the trip to Abidjan.

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The Super Eagles spent Tuesday night in Lagos following their arrival from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

They spent one week in Abu Dhabi and engaged in two friendlies against local club Al Gharib and Guinea.

The Super Eagles were hosted to a send forth dinner by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday night.

Nigeria’s first game is against Nzalang Nacional of Equatorial Guinea at the Alassanne Quattara Stadium, Ebimpe on Sunday.


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WORDPRESS: 17
  • Why must they always sew Asoebi while flying to major tournaments? Na wa, for me, despite the obvious resplendence of the outfits, it shows unseriousness to the job at hand

    • But they will look serious to you if they put on suit or blazers right? What did puting on there native/culture attire gat to do with been serious or not? This players need us behind them as that’s what fans are there for, we really can’t change anything for now, either we support them or support another team.

      • BigCole 5 months ago

        My brother some people just talk before they think, I have been living out side Nigeria for over 10 years , Imagine they way people celebrate us whenever we wear Nigerian attires including white people but come to Africa, we start localize and down grade our own attire while praising the Western one, colomentality

    • Papafem 5 months ago

      A tournament like the AFCON is a celebration of culture and national identity. It goes beyond the game. Do you know how Nigerian someone like Ekong and Calvin will be on that outfit knowing their antecedent, background and where they are coming from? It engenders unity, loyalty, national pride and fires and the Nigerian spirit in the team. It’s good for their psychology as patriots representing our dear country.

  • This team primed by their coaching crew have it in them to push for a final berth in the cup of nations. But my expectations remain a quarter final slot owing to 2 variables: the quality of teams that would have made it to that stage (Morocco, Senegal etc), and questions around Peseiro’s competency in engineering success.

    But in truth, Nigeria have been dire under Peseiro against quality oppositions. We have been underwhelming but worthy of note is that (apart from the Portugal match) our losses to decent opponents have been slim.

    We played Algeria, scored first but fell 2:1. Against Ecuador and Mexico, we lost 1:0, 2:1 respectively.

    So, with minor yet highly significant tweaks to his tactical approach, Nigeria should be able to punch above its weight in Ivory Coast.

    Peseiro has been experimenting, playing 3-4-3 and 4-3-3 with a view to crafting options B and C and shedding the image of a narrow-minded limited approach coach.

    Hopefully a tournament environment can bring out the best in his Super Eagles.

    • It will be a tough tournament no doubt but my hope is for the Super Eagles to remain tactically disciplined enough to push for a place in the final of the tournament.

  • Please, all through your short stay in CIV, turn off social media. Let NFF or team SM handles take the heat/praise after your performances.

    Potential 7 matches (highly unlikely though) in less than 30 days demand utmost concentration.

    Musa especially should spearhead this charge (since he is captain) because Nigerian history beckons on him and Omeruo if team triumphs to be the only ones to win 2 AFCON titles in Eagles colors IN ONLY 4 APPEARANCES.

    If Simon or Chukweze like, let them look for their own AFCON moments and not pass to a free man.

    If defenders like, let them ball watch opposition players.

    12 billion naira to offset salaries owed should be enough ginger for them to create siege mentality against the opponents.

    Can Peserio do what Eguavoen couldn’t only one year ago?

    Some Nigerians await with bated breath (but not me because you can’t give what you don’t have) and hope for a miracle.

    In Omo9ja’s voice, God bless Nigeria

    • “If Simon or Chukweze like, let them look for their own AFCON moments and not pass to a free man.”

      Hehehehehe. Chukwueze, especially. Great player, but too much in a hurry to take the spotlight as the scorer.

      • Over-indulgence from Simon contributed to wrecking our Afcon and world cup ambitions in 2022.

        If he and Chukwueze release the ball quicker and more intelligently, we will go places in the Afcon.

  • Sunnyb 5 months ago

    I will be patriotic by wishing this team success in Ivory Coast, but the truth must be told, u can’t offer what u don’t ve. Is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, I don’t see any fighters in this team. These are punch jolly good fellows. This team lacks serious fighters like Emenike, no Adepoju, no Keshi, no Omokaro, no victor Moses, Muda Lawal, no Taribo. With the clueless coach, I pray this eagles to touch the sky.

    • Ajasco 5 months ago

      Victor Osimhen is a fighter, that dude will go for any ball and for any defence.

  • respect is reciprocal 5 months ago

    In four days time Nigeria would play their first game. Tournament brings out great players.let us wait to see how they play. Personally our team is just too loaded ,less stars would win this tournament on a normal day. Cameron and Egypt have bought won this cup 8 times with less a quarter of the stars we have.
    We won the cup in 2013 with Mikel and Moses only playing for topclubs. If the players really want it then we shall have it. Which tactics did Keshi deploy in 2013 may be we should all watch the matches again our team was one way traffic all through, just pass the ball to Moses and the rest is history. One thing I noticed about the coach, he cares less despite receiving backlashes from everyone. While am not expecting anything fromthe team however I believe in the Nigeria spirit. After the tournament there are 7 good players I mean world class players like Solanke, Adarabioyo, Folorunso, Osho players in Italy ,Musaila that convincing them to play for Nigeria at the world cup will be easy if we perform wel inthis tournament

  • Papafem 5 months ago

    A tournament like the AFCON is a celebration of culture and national identity. It goes beyond the game. Do you know how Nigerian someone like Ekong and Calvin will be on that outfit knowing their antecedent, background and where they are coming from? It engenders unity, loyalty, national pride and fires and the Nigerian spirit in the team. It’s good for their psychology as patriots representing their country.

  • I wish them the best of luck.

    Let the competition begin

  • Hassan Tia 5 months ago

    If coach Peseiro can’t do or put an excellent tactics just as to play with 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 not to play with 4-2-4 or 3-4-3 which Super Eagles haven’t habituated before, so I would like Peseiro to play a strong defensive style of playing with excellent play in the depth of forward middle.

  • Moses Inyang 5 months ago

    A group of sheep led by a lion is better than a group of lions led by a sheep

  • Mikey 5 months ago

    Anybody knows which station will show the match?

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