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Exclusive: Super Eagles Can Lift 2023 AFCON Title –Ugbade

Exclusive: Super Eagles Can Lift 2023 AFCON Title  –Ugbade

Former Nigerian international, Nduka Ugbade has expressed confidence that the Super Eagles can win the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Recall that the last time the team won the AFCON was in 2013 under late Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, where Nigeria defeated Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final to lift the trophy.

However, in an interview with Completesports.com, Ugbade stated that he’s not just worried about the team winning the trophy but that they must be outstanding in every game.

“If you observe you will understand that this team has been together for like six years or so and there is possibility that they will be able to win the Africa Cup of Nations.

“But then, my concern is can the team be outstanding in every game that they play and maintain such level till the end of the last match.”


By Augustine Akhilomen

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  • See their mouth. If not for GENERAL ROAR that BUILT the TEAM and kept them together for 5 YEARS they will not have the mouth to be talking

  • Edoman 9 months ago

    I deeply believed that Nigeria stands a good chance of winning the AFCON and more importantly, qualify for the World Cup. Folks, look at the quality of Nigeria players. Gift Orban, Victor Boniface, Victor Osimhen, Iwobi and so on. These are boys that can destroy any team in Africa at this moment. Ugbade, l agreed with you. Nigerians respects your candid opinion. God Bless you.

  • Hassan Tia 9 months ago

    Ugbade I agree with you , but Super Eagles team need somethings to do by Peseiro,these things as follows: make defensive midfield strong and cohesive with recalling strong and dedicated defensive midfielders like Al Hassan youssuf, Daniel Daga, Azubiuke Okechukwu; make back line so solid and robust with strong oyibo like Torunariagh and Ajayi or Bassay and Ajayi or Ajayi and Omeruo,side backs must be so fast and pace who can perform defensive and attacking duties on same time; he must order defensive midfielders to play drastic and ferociouness football with good coverage on rival players come from behind; all players must return back to cover if they lose the ball; just wingers must cover side back if back players advance to attacking.If Peseiro performs this stratigies in the next encounters, he will win all these encounters with quality attacking players.

  • Hassan Tia 9 months ago

    I agree with you Ugbade, but there are somethings Peseiro must make, these things as follows: he must fix defensive midfield with good players and good tacttic as he must recall strong and ferocious DM like Alhassan Youssuf, Azubuike Okechukwu, Daniel Daga, then he must play with one of them with attacking midfielder like Alex Iwobi or Kelechi Nwakali; he must direct them (players) to play orgnized, strong , ferociouness football style, cover tightly especially rival’s players coming from behind; direct center backs to play solid and strong football style with eagle ‘s eyes on set-pieces, he can make oyibo formation between Ajayi-Torunariagh,Ajayi-Ekong, Ajayi-Bassay or other news players like Binjamine Frederick if he will be recalled, on backs side he has Sanusi and Collins or Onyemaechi on left back; he has Aina,Ebuehi,Bright Osayei on right back; he must direct them to complete the line to attack; if thoes backs loose the ball, wingers must return back to cover
    thier function; Peseiro must direct all Super players to play total football style that means all the players attack and defend when they loose the ball; all the squad must keep the ball for along time so that they can bedevil the rival then the rival will make errors.If Peseiro plays with this style I think he can win any next match with strong tactic.

  • pompei 9 months ago

    “But then, my concern is can the team be outstanding in every game that they play and maintain such level till the end of the last match.” – Ugbade’s concern.

    NFF ONIGBESE is my own concern. Can NFF ONIGBESE do an outstanding job of supporting and motivating the players? Asking for outstanding is perhaps too much. Let’s change it to decent. Just a decent job done by NFF will significantly increase the SE’s chances of lifting the trophy.

  • Ignatius Abo 9 months ago

    U are so right.
    Nigeria has good players.

  • Ukpong . I 9 months ago

    I strongly believe they can do it if things are properly put in place. The Nigerian problems are so many thereby making it difficult even for the national team to excel. The coach must build a formidable team from the array of football talent we have in this country. Again, nff should make sure they give the coach a free hand to manage the team.it is hi time they stop greed and corruption and learn to be transparent in their dealings with the players as most of the players who recently switched nationality may see them as the most corrupt country in the world since they are not used to it. More over, the players must be totally dedicated and always ready to play as a unit.the coach must be outstanding in his selection depending on opponent to always have a good result.I love my country so much and I feel that, with the talents we have now in the team,nigeria can win the ancon.

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