Peseiro Maps Out Plans To Crush Cote d’Ivoire


Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro, has emphasised the need for the team to convert their chances in the second match against hosts Cote d’Ivoire at the ongoing 2023 AFCON.

Peseiro said this in an interview with on Tuesday in Abidjan, ahead of the crucial clash on Thursday against the Ivorians.

He rued the missed chances against Equatorial Guinea in their opening match, while assuring of a more composed outing against the Ivorians who currently top the group.

“Our team created a lot of chances in our last game, but we scored only one goal.

“If you want to win AFCON, you must be ready to face tough oppositions. So, we are ready, Cote d’Ivoire is a good team and one of the favourites.

“If we create the same opportunities and take our chances, then we have a better chance of winning against Cote d’Ivoire,” he said.

In a related development, Peseiro, said Osimhen is likely to play against host Cote d’Ivoire.

He said the Napoli FC of Italy striker complained when he arrived for training on Monday but expressed hope that the African footballer of the year would be fit to face Cote D’Ivoire.

The Portuguese said he wasn’t sure if Alhassan Yusuf would be available as he had gone for scan and the result was being awaited.

“When he told me, I preferred him doing nothing, it’s prevention, only that. But for Yusuf he left the match injured.

“He is doing scan now, no reality yet of what is happening to him, I hope nothing bad happened,” Peseiro said.

The Super Eagles will have OGC Nice FC of France striker, Terem Moffi and Leicester City of England playmaker, Kelechi Iheanacho, to choose from when the three-time African champion face the host, the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire today.