Three-time African champions, the Super Eagles of Nigeria are confident of victory in today’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying duel with Sierra Leone at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium in Monrovia, capital of Liberia
When the team arrived Monrovia yesterday, the president of the
NFF, Alhaji Gusau, assured that the senior national team of Nigeria was in town for serious business.
“The team is here to work hard and take the three points. It will not be an easy game, but we have the players to make Nigeria proud by winning and qualifying for the next Africa Cup of Nations finals.”
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Head Coach José Santos Peseiro reiterated that neither himself nor the players are looking forward to a picnic.
“We know the Sierra Leoneans are also ambitious, that they want to win the three points and enhance their chances. It is our business to show that we want the three points better to qualify for the Africa Cup, and we are prepared to do that.
“We have to be at our very best.”
Presently, the Super Eagles are second in the pool with nine points from four matches, a point behind Guinea Bissau, who have played five matches and reached the top following their defeat of Sao Tome on Wednesday.
Victory for the Eagles today will lift them back to the top of the pile and guarantee their presence at the 34th Africa Cup of Nations to be staged in Cote d’Ivoire next year.
Both teams clashed twice in the qualifying series for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, with the Leone Stars coming from 1-4 down to draw 4-4 in Benin City, and then forcing a 0-0 draw in Freetown.
In this campaign, the Eagles came from behind to defeat the Leone Stars 2-1 at the MKO Abiola Stadium in June 2022, on the opening day of the series.