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Jose Peseiro: Nigeria needs to improve to win Afcon

Nigeria coach Jose Peseiro said the Super Eagles have to improve make their ambition of winning Afcon a reality after loss to Portugal on Thursday.

Jose Peseiro, Nigeria’s coach, has said that the Super Eagles need to improve to win the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). This was after Thursday’s loss to Portugal.

In a friendly match played in Lisbon on Thursday night, the Super Eagles fell to A Selecao by a score of 4-0.

The African nation got off to a slow start in the game, and even though they improved, later on, they were unable to prevent Bruno Fernandes from scoring twice, and Goncalo Ramos and Joao Mario each scored once.

Emmanuel Dennis missed a penalty kick for the West Africa team, and Pesseiro acknowledged that his squad must improve if they hope to win the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

“Losing 4-0 was too much. We didn’t start well in the first half, didn’t show good organization, and didn’t pressure the opponent. It’s true the opponent has too much quality, but like I said, the first half was not good, but the second half was much better,” Peseiro told NFF TV.

“I believe in the second half; we showed we can do better. We missed a penalty and conceded two more goals. We must improve because we want to win the next Afcon.”

Even after Dennis missed a 12-yard attempt for Nottingham Forest, Peseiro defended the attacker.

“We must protect our guys. Which player has not missed a penalty before? Any player can miss a penalty, so I endorse Emmanuel Dennis.”

Nigeria has now lost three consecutive games, allowing eight goals while scoring only one.

Having identified the team’s weaknesses, Pesseiro has until the next Afcon qualifiers in March to address some of their issues.

Despite going undefeated in the group stage of the 2021 Afcon, the squad were eliminated by Tunisia in the Round of 16.

In the 2023 qualifiers, Nigeria are currently dominating Group A with a perfect record after two matches.

The next planned game for the Super Eagles is on March 20, 2023, against Guinea Bissau.