Nigeria focusing only on reaching AFCON final: Coach Peseiro

Reaching the AFCON final is the main target of the Nigerian national football team, said coach Jose Peseiro just hours ahead of the anticipated semifinal clash against South Africa.

Ahram Online , Wednesday 7 Feb 2024,
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Nigeria coach Jos Peseiro says his side are fully fixated on reaching the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations final as they prepare to face South Africa. Photo: CAF

The Super Eagles will be facing the Bafana Bafana team in the prestigious tournament semis in Bouake later today.

"We're in the semis, there's great team spirit and commitment and we're playing as a unit," the Portuguese coach was quoted as saying by CAF’s official website on Wednesday.

"We have a huge game against a strong team in South Africa and we want to win to reach the final because that is our goal,” he added.

After their narrow 1-0 victory over Angola in the quarterfinals, Peseiro believes that his team waits a difficult test and needs to make much effort to continue their mission successfully.

"It's a high-level game and we know their quality, capacity, and spirit - they have great players," the coach explained.

"My players need to give 100% or more to win and achieve our target of making the final,” he concluded.

Nigeria, aiming for their fourth AFCON title, previously triumphed in 1980, 1994, and 2013.

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Egypt
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Ghana
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